The Mountbatten Festival of Music (M.F.M) 2017 is being held this weekend at the Royal Albert Hall, this annual event holds significant interest for the Royal Marines Association Concert Band’s musicians, as many of our band members performed at the M.F.M in previous years, whilst serving in the Royal Marines Band Service.
If you have never been to a M.F.M performance you don’t know what you are missing! It is always a spectacular evening of fantastic music and entertainment. This is how the Royal Marines Band Facebook Page (The Bands of HM Royal Marines (Official)) describes the festival:
“The Mountbatten Festival of Music returns, featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines performing over three nights at the Royal Albert Hall. These concerts display the outstanding versatility of some of the world’s finest military musicians and are given the “West End” treatment with spectacular lighting effects. The Festival sees the Royal Marines showcase their incredible musicianship and pageantry and features a wide range of musical styles, including music from the big screen and superb solo items, as well as the traditional marches and overtures that have proved such a hit with audiences over the years. “
The festival began on the 6th February 1973 when the bands of the Royal Marines School of Music, Naval Home Command, HMS Ganges, and Commander-in-Chief were massed for a performance for the benefit of the Royal Academy of Music’s 150th Anniversary Appeal. This has been the highlight of the Royal Marines Band Service calendar ever since. This year, the Duke of Edinburgh will be attending as Captain General of the Royal Marines.
2017 marks the first time the event will be streamed live around the world courtesy of Facebook Live. If you haven’t managed to secure a ticket, we can thoroughly recommend watching the spectacle from the comfort of your own living room! Simply go to the Royal Marines Band’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/rmbandservice/ at 7.25 pm on Saturday 25th and watch the live stream. Those amongst you who are Twitter savvy, can see regular news, interviews and updates by following the hashtag #MFMlive
The festival supports The Royal Marines Charity and you can help raise much needed funds by texting BAND17 £5 to 70070 (UK only) or by donating online via theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk/donate
A number of Royal Marines Association Concert Band musicians and our Director of Music Major (Retd) Anthony Smallwood RM will be attending, and will no doubt enjoy a wonderful evening of music, happy in the knowledge that they can sit back and enjoy the occasion rather than taking part!