Invited to return to St Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield for a Trafalgar Day Concert on the very day itself, The Royal Marines Association Concert Band were sure of a warm reception. And indeed that is exactly what they got on Friday 21st October. The audience were packed into every corner of this beautiful church which has a history dating back to 960AD. Indeed remembrance and celebration were key themes in this concert which included a number of well-chosen, requested pieces. Soloists Jonathan Yates BEM and Tim Mulkern entertained the audience in spectacular fashion in the Post Horn Galop and the Shorncliffe Military Wives Choir performed some of their most popular numbers such as Stronger Togetherand Wherever You Are to a sensitive band accompaniment.
Further special guest features included D-Day veteran turned folk singer and song-writer, Jim Radford who performed first an acapella version of Carrying Nelson Home then later his own Shores of Normandy with the band. This was followed by Highland Cathedral featuring the pipes of Pipe Major Donald Brown.
A true climax was reached when the finale opened with the spectacular Battle of Trafalgar montage. The band’s Director of Music, Major (Retd.) Tony Smallwood first introduced a founder member of the trumpet section, Bob Cummins, who was wearing the Victory medal of his late great, great grandfather before Captain Sam Hairsine launched into the narration of the great battle spectacularly brought to life through the musical versatility and prowess of the band!
Feedback from audience members… hope to see you back here again!