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“The King, Our Captain General”

“The King, Our Captain General”, MHP324 marks the completion of our work with The Band of His Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (The Royal Band). The project is now in the process of CD manufacture and will be available for purchase at the end of the month.

The recording features traditional items, vocal and solo features, and two big band arrangements. The eleven tracks include several memorable items performed at earlier Mountbatten Festival of Music Events, the annual Royal Marines massed bands event.

The programme includes music by composers such as Peter Graham, Martin Ellerby and Bruce Broughton. In addition, there are works written or arranged for the Band by members of the Royal Marines Band Services. Full programme details can be found here.

You can learn more about the activities of The Band of His Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth here and they also have a strong following on Facebook.

The product will be available to purchase in early July from The Blue Band Shop, operated by The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

You can listen to three excerpts from the CD here, firstly the march HMS Bronington. The second item features the fine trombone playing of Cpl Fraser Wilkes in Sammy Nestico’s arrangement of ‘Truly’. Finally, you can hear the final portion of Martin Ellerby’s ‘Amphibiosity’ which concludes with an innovative arrangement of Kenneth Alford’s slow march, “By Land and Sea”.

Photographs: Musn John Park

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