The Band's Brass Quintet were honoured to be invited to play at the Thanksgiving Service for Major Paddy Dunn MBE on Tuesday 16th October.
It is with deep and profound sadness that we have to report the passing of Major Paddy Dunn MBE RM. Paddy passed away on 20th June but I am sure you will agree that he will never really be gone as he will live on in our hearts and thoughts. Stalwart of the RMA, Chair of Trustees for many years and founder of the RMA Concert Band. A kind, generous and lovely man who will be mourned and missed by so many.
Our thoughts, love and prayers are with Annie and family right now and I am sure you would wish me to pass on your own thoughts of condolence and comfort to the family.
Yours in Sorrow
What better way to mark the festive season for band and audience alike than a Christmas Concert by the Royal Marines’ Association Concert Band at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea. Complete with customary mince pies and mulled wine, this truly convivial occasion on Thursday 14 th December combined a mix of cultural enhancement and festive frivolity.
Roberts’ arrangement of Pastime with Good Company, originally attributed to King Henry VIII and Woodfield’s Russian Cavalry march were contrasted with the truly exhilarating Cry of the Celts.
Yet though Ltd Col Chris Davis admitted a personal lack of enthusiasm for Christmas music, he nonetheless led the band in a spirited performance of Langford’s arrangement A Christmas Fantasy and indulged audience and band alike in a swinging version of Jingle Bells!!
The Royal Marines’ Association Concert Band were rightly proud to be invited to join the MGC Choir in marking a true moment in history at their Spirit of Christmas Concert on Sunday 10th December 2017. Conducting his last concert with this choir which celebrates its 70 th Anniversary later this year, Brian North has been at its helm for the last 31 years. In nurturing and developing the choir, Brian has supported and encouraged a blossoming relationship with the Royal Marines’ Band Service.
This liaison incidentally first came about through a concert with the Milton Glee Club choir and orchestra of HM Royal Marines under the
direction of Captain K.A. McLean at the Guildhall in Portsmouth on 12 th December 1959.
And though Brian, by request had asked to be spared presentations and announcements, the band and choir seemed to combine this time with renewed vigour and enthusiasm from the opening festive number Child in Heaven, composed by Brian himself, to the very fitting Auld Lang Syne finale piece. For those who missed this momentous occasion the remainder of the concert can only be described as a true musical variety show.
Arrangements from stage and screen such as Beauty and the Beast, Polar Express and Frozen contrasted with many seasonal favourites. Under the direction of Lt. Col Chris Davis (OBE) the band’s own contributions included a rich selection of musical styles and textures such as the finale from the Overture William Tell to the Marvin Hamlisch Showcase selection and music from Brassed Off with soloist Jon Yates (BEM) and Bacharach’s A House is not a Home for alto sax, played by David Cole.
And though Brian’s wishes were, of course, granted the standing ovation by all spoke volumes for all he has achieved. We thank
you Brian and wish you much happiness in your retirement.
We are sad to announce the passing of one of our founder members Bandmaster Barney James Wilson RMBx2091
What do you do on a wet summer's afternoon? I'd guess most people watch telly. Not me on a Sunday in July. Nor did the people in the almost full auditorium at the Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis. We were right royally entertained by the Royal Marines Association Concert Band led by Lt. Col. Chris Davis, OBE.
The concert opened with, naturally, with the National Anthem, followed by a Fanfare. During the first half we were treated to some marches, a Rossini overture and some solos. Jon Yates (former Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Marines School of Music) played the beautiful 'Through the Eyes of Love' and ex-Army lady Lisa Lyster gave us the evocative 'Home Away from Home' on her flute. Both tunes that you will recognise. At the end of the first half we had the music from John Williams for ET.
Following the 20 minute interval (during which much ice-cream was consumed) the second half opened with the overture to Lawrence of Arabia. Can you remember the opening with the heart thumping sound of the timpani? On this occasion Connor Lyster (son of Lisa) wielded the drumsticks. It really was a thrilling opening and Connor looked as if he enjoyed bashing seven bells out of those big brass kettledrums.
This second half had an equally varied programme of music from the Big Band sound to Vaughan Williams. And we had a solo from Conductor Chris Davis - on his electric violin - the exquisite Ashoken Farewell.
Then we came to the Finale. The Evening Hymn and Sunset, a Tribute to the Armed Forces then we all stood and waved flags whilst singing Land of Hope and Glory.
I am now looking forward to next year's concert at the Alexandra Theatre.
For details about the Royal Marines Association Concert Band - and to buy by their CDs and souvenirs - do visit their web site at www.rmacb.org.uk
Most importantly all the monies raised go to Charity.