In the triumphant finale to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s ‘Dockyard at Dusk’ season, The Royal Marines Association Concert Band (RMACB) will host a concert with the stunning backdrop of HMS Victory on Saturday 25th August.
This is the first time the RMACB will be hosting a concert at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and they are promising some real treats including a "Last Night at the Prom''s" theme with a wide spectrum of music from popular marches to big band, theatre and film music classics, together with a traditional Royal Marines finale featuring The Trafalgar Drummers. Songs throughout the show will be sung by the superb Margaret Threadgold (Soprano).
The Royal Marines Band Service has built a world class reputation via their thrilling performances worldwide for over a century. Many of its musicians, on leaving the service, go on to successful music careers, but their links with the Royal Marines seldom diminish. In response to public demand these former RM musicians have formed their own band, which matches the highest standards of the serving bands. Indeed, between them they have over 1,500 years of accumulated music experience, possibly one of the most experienced bands in the country.[*]
Conducting the ‘Dockyard at Dusk’ concert will be David Cole. David joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1967 and retired as a Captain and Director of Music after 32 years’ service; he studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. His career in the Royal Marines culminated in September 1992 when he was appointed Director of Music to the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth and Her Majesty''s Royal Yacht Britannia. He was honoured by the Queen with membership of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for his services to music.
In 2006 David was appointed Director of Music to Central Band of the Royal British Legion. Among other things, he is also the Assistant Producer of the annual Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance, - a major national event broadcast on BBC television and radio. David''s wide experience as a musical director ranges from symphony and concert orchestras, wind and brass bands, to choral conducting, big bands and dance bands. He is a freeman of the City of London and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Visit http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/dockyardatdusk for full details.
Performance The Royal Marines Association Concert Band
Venue Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Victory Arena)
Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ
Dates & Times Saturday 25th August at 7.30pm (Gates open at 6.30pm)
Running Time Approx 2 hours including interval
Tickets £15 (Concs £10)
Box Office 0844 880 5406 (£1.50 booking fee over the phone)
In person at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Visitor Centre, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ
Please visit the website for full Terms and Conditions.
Any tickets not sold in advance will be available on the night.
Additional Info Seats are not provided, so please bring your own picnic / camping chairs, picnic blanket, etc. Space for your own seating is not allocated so operates on a first come first served basis regarding position/location.
There will be food concessions and a bar but you can bring your own picnic.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard car park (off Queens Street, in Admiralty Road) will be open until 11pm, normal parking charges apply.
Notes for Editors
[*] The band was formed in June 2006 under the chairmanship of the RMA Chairman, Major Paddy Dunn RM (son of Lt Col Sir F Vivian - Dunn KCVO OBE FRSA RM former Principal Director of Music Royal Marines), and commenced rehearsals at Whale Island in Portsmouth with 35 musicians. Today the Band’s home is in the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea and its membership now exceeds 60 players. Rehearsals are held every Thursday evening and the band gives at least one public concert each month, mostly in the South of England. Recently, the Band have appeared at such prestigious venues as St James`s Palace, Lancaster House, Greenwich and at the RMA Reunion at Lympstone. This year sees the Band appearing at 14 public and 8 private venues, plus the recording of another CD.