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.