In the more intimate surroundings provided by the Berry Theatre in Hedge End, the Royal Marines Association Concert Band contrasted their spectacular and powerful classics with a selection of tasteful and contrasting solos. In addition to Tim Mulkern’s dramatic performance of Nessum Dorma for solo trumpet, Lisa Lyster offered a delicate and well-controlled flute solo in the popular, traditional folk ballad; Scarborough Fair. The audience was also treated to a brand new feature; Puttin’ on the Marmalade played by former Bandmaster on the Royal Yacht, Dave Bromley, who re-created the trad-jazz style of the music perfectly on his clarinet!
Later in the second half a further new soloist David Cole – formerly principal alto saxophone with the Grenadier Guards band, treated the audience to his rendition of the classic yet ever-popular Harlem Nocture and Rodney Preston returned with what is becoming one of his signature pieces on violin with this band; Ashokan Farewell.
Director of Music, Major (Rtd.) Tony Smallwood still did not fail to showcase the dramatic and breathtaking excitement that this band can create. In this concert too on Sunday 6th March, an arrangement for band of Bach’s Toccata in D Minor, Shostakovich’s A Spin Through Moscow, Riverdance and opening the finale A Bridge Too Far were also included in the programme.