Playing in the splendid surrounds of what is the regular rehearsal room for the Royal Marines’ Association Concert Band, the many ex-marines musicians supplemented by other service and civilian professionals put on a highly successful evening concert at The Royal Marines’ Museum Southsea on Thursday 27th October.
Little surprise that, with local publicity, this concert sold out well in advance of the date! Popular favourites included the Alford march On the Quarterdeck, the Strauss classic Radetzky March and a cracking arrangement for band featuring the entire trumpet section: Sabre Dance by Khachaturian.
A favourite with band and audience alike, West-End credited soprano Amanda Goldthorpe-Hall took the lead in McDermott’s arrangement Songs That Won The War and later Jerusalem whilst regular band soloists Jonathan Yates BEM (trumpet) and Rodney Preston (violin) also featured.
Little surprise following this that when the band returned to the same venue to accompany a Winter Reception on Thursday 24th November, friends and supporters of the RM Museum did none other than take their seats for another informal concert. The band typically offered so much more than the background music usually expected of a reception!