Mountbatten Festival of Music with the Massed band of the Royal Marines

Yesterday evening and this evening the Massed Bands of The Royal Marines performed at their Mountbatten Festival of Music.

The Festival is the flagship event of the bands of the Royal Marines, and has been so for 46 years. Shame to admit, I’d not previously heard of the festival. That ommission was corrected when we attended the Friday evening festival concert.

It’s a lively evening of music and lighting effects, with many outstanding solo performances, held in the wonderful Royal Albert Hall.

Can thoroughly recommend the festival for a cheery and enjoyable evening of band music. I took just a couple of photos, one just prior to the beginning of the concert and one of the Corps of Drums – click on photo to expand.

Busy Saturday 17th March: Surrey Heath Singers evening concert

The busy local Saturday, begins with Lightwater Scouts Jumble Sale in Lightwater, an afternoon of garden visiting in Chobham, concluding with an evening concert by Surrey Heath Singers at High Cross Church in Camberley, which commences at 6.0 pm.

A busy Saturday, indeed.

Park Opera to perform Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love

I’m always happy to promote the work of local culture.

Park Opera, who perform at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell, is staging, from 21st – 24th February 2018, one of the most joyful of operas – Donezetti’s “Elixir of Love”.

Performances are at The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, just this side of Bracknell, beginning at 7:30pm.

The theme of the opera is that the beautiful heroine rejects the love a a humble village lad, but can the dubious Dr Dulcamara’s love potion help him win her heart? The opera combines romance and hilarious comedy in a stream of glorious tunes.

Tickets available from South Hill Park Box Office (online or by phone).

It’s a week of Steeleye Span music: #5: Ding Dong Merrily on High

Today is the last of the five days of Steeleye Span and Maddy Prior folk ballads. I’m not being strictly accurate here, as Maddy Prior is joined in this song by the Carnival Band.

We’re ending the series with a Christmas carol of Ding Dong Merrily on High. This video was recorded of the live show, on the ‘Carols and Capers’ tour, at Oxford Town Hall, in December 2003.

It’s a suitably Christmassy ending to the five days of Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span. I’m delighted that Will has commented how much he’s enjoyed this short series. My pleasure has been looking back at their work. I absolutely agree with Will that the bass in Steeleye Span is a major contributing factor in their folk rock sound.

It’s a week of Steeleye Span music: #3: Padstow

This is the third of this week’s five Steeleye Span folk rock ballads.

I said previously, where would English folk rock be without the magnificent Maddy Prior. Well, this folk rock ballad is one of the all time folk favourites – it’s Padstow, recorded in 2004 for the band’s 35th world tour.

It’s a week of Steeleye Span music: #2: Hind Horn

This second of this week’s five Steeleye Span folk rock ballads, is not strictly a Steeleye Span performance. although it contains many members of the band, notably Maddy Prior. Where would English folk rock be without the magnificent Maddy Prior.

Here’s number 2 in the week of Steeleye Span performances. It’s the popular ballad Hind Horn, performed in 2016.