Top Royal Marines musician from Waterlooville to play a leading role at Queen's 90th birthday bash

Lieutenant Colonel Nick GraceLieutenant Colonel Nick Grace
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace
IT'S not every day that you can say you will be sharing the stage with pop legends Kylie Minogue and Gary Barlow.

But that’s exactly what is going to happen for Waterlooville’s Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace when he plays a leading role at the Queen’s 90th birthday bash at Windsor Castle.

Lt Col Grace heads the Royal Marines Band Service and will be conducting an orchestra of 65 musicians from all three services on May 12.

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The 51-year-old will lead the ensemble as it provides the show’s musical links and backing music for an array of famous singers.

As well as Gary Barlow and Kylie, the list includes Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins.

Lt Col Grace said he was looking forward to working with such famous names.

‘This will be an amazing event for everyone involved and demonstrates the quality and versatility of musicians in the Royal Marines, RAF and Army,’ he said.

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‘On a personal note, it is a tremendous privilege and honour to be conducting this fabulous orchestra in celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.’

The 90-minute event is billed as a celebration of the Queen’s life and will portray her love of horses, Commonwealth and international affairs and her deep involvement with the armed forces.

It will include 900 horses and more than 1,500 participants from around the world, telling the story of the Queen’s life and 60-year reign.

The ensemble under the direction of Lt Col Grace is made up mainly of musicians from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (The Royal Band), with additional string players from the army’s Countess of Wessex Orchestra and the RAF Salon Orchestra.