Young talent and the Royal Marines Band join forces for free concert

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth together with talented young musicians from across the South West, will be giving a free concert at Benodet Park in Torpoint on Thursday 30 July.

The concert is the culmination of a week’s summer school arranged for the young people by the Royal Marines Band, based at HMS Raleigh. 

The open air event is weather dependent and is scheduled to start at 7 pm and finish at 9 pm. 

Admission will be on a first come, first serve basis and people are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs and refreshments.

This summer school is all about sharing the facilities with the young talent and helping them to take their place on the world stage.

Major Jason Burcham RM

The musicians will be under the direction of Major Jason Burcham, Director of Music of the Plymouth Band. 

He said:  “The concert will include our normal range of music and feature both solo performances and the Corps of Drums. 

“The young musicians will rehearse with us during the week and then play alongside the Band on the night.

“We have some excellent facilities at HMS Raleigh and this summer school is all about sharing the facilities with the young talent and helping them to take their place on the world stage.”

Around 25 young people have so far signed up to swap a week of their summer holiday to spend time rehearsing and performing with the internationally renowned musicians of the Royal Marines Band Service. 

They will have the opportunity to experience a range of ensembles, from the iconic marching band to the symphonic wind band.

The summer school has been organised by Band Sergeant Jason Finch.  He said:  “The youngsters attending are aged between 13 and 17 years and we have musicians of all standards joining us. 

“We haven’t asked people to audition.  All they need is to be able to play an instrument and read music.

“It doesn’t matter what their abilities are, we believe they will all get something from this.  There are still some places available and we’d particularly like to hear from any drummers.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the free summer school, which runs from Monday 27 to Thursday 30 July, should contact the Royal Marines Band Plymouth on 01752 811297.