RMA Concert Band – Sunday 20th March 2016


Another sell out crowd at the Octagon Theatre Yeovil eagerly awaited this joint concert by The Royal Marines Association Concert Band & Yeovilton Military Wives Choir.

The concert contained many stand out numbers that were clearly enjoyed by our audience one of these was our opening theme from the very evocative film “ET” (I’m sure that we saw one or two reach for their tissues in memory!!).
Another was the excellent trumpet performance of Tim Mulkern with Puccini’s famous, and most moving aria, “Nessun Dorma”
Michael Flatley’s “Riverdance” still remains a firm favourite with everyone. (The show still tours the UK and is now in it’s 21st year!)
Our audience were soon tapping their feet as the music swelled and the tempo increased to its frenetic conclusion. This followed the somewhat quieter opening by our own Ceilidh Band featuring Lisa Lyster playing the haunting flute opening, Tony Smallwood on Accordion, Rodney Preston Violin and Spencer Bundy Soprano Sax. – It certainly seemed proved to be a popular choice in the programme that’s for sure!

Yeovilton Military Wives Choir led by their excellent M.D. Matthew Rock were excellent with their offerings to the concert & their choice of songs really added to the occasion.  It became a pleasure for the band to take a break whenever the Choir took centre stage for they were superb in all musical aspects. Credit to Matthew for producing such brilliant harmonies throughout and additional congratulations to his excellent lady soloists too.

Former RMB Mike McDermott’s excellent arrangement of “The Best of Broadway” also made equal claim for one of the favourite pieces of the afternoon. The music features virtually all of the more recent musical theatre numbers you could think of. One of these was an excerpt from” Miss Saigon” that featured not only the band singing “Buis Doi” as choir, but it included the beautiful Trombone continuation of that theme by Principal Trombone Ian Kingshott.

Of course no RMB concert is never truly complete without the traditional RM Finale and we try not to disappoint nowadays. How nice it was to see so many patriotic union flag wavers in our audience during our “Britannic Salute!” – The arrangement includes Rule Britannia and everyone’s favourite, “Land of Hope and Glory!” That had to be encored of course with the audience standing!

We’ll next be in concert at our home in the RM Museum on Thurs 21st April 7.30pm – We do hope to see as many of you there that can make it!

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