The Royal Albert Hall stage is hallowed ground for musicians so naturally we’re incredibly excited. We’re also hugely proud that two of our own have been selected as featured soloists

Major Huw Williams, Director of Music for the Plymouth Band

The two musicians joined the Band Service together and have been members of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth for three years. Since then they have played all over the world.

During their performances both musicians will play from memory. Musician Perriam said: “That’s the done deal at the Mountbatten Festival of Music. It’s quite a bit of practice.

“Ruth’s is about six or seven minutes of music and mine is about seven, so there’s a lot to remember. We are also doing our Masters degrees at the moment too, so we have a bit of juggling to do.”

The Mountbatten Festival of Music is the Royal Marines Band Service biggest concert of the year. This year the Bands based at Plymouth, Collingwood and Portsmouth will join together for the Massed Bands performance.

Displaying the outstanding versatility of some of the world’s finest military musicians, the festival will see the Royal Marines showcase their wide range of musical styles from music from the big screen to solos, traditional marches and overtures.

Major Huw Williams, Director of Music for the Plymouth Band, said: “Plymouth Band gets to perform in the Festival every two years, so the sense of anticipation really builds.

“The Royal Albert Hall stage is hallowed ground for musicians so naturally we’re incredibly excited. We’re also hugely proud that two of our own have been selected as featured soloists.

“As luck would have it I’m conducting the overture and solo features at this year’s festival, so for a few brief moments Plymouth band will be at the centre of it all.”

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