Head of the Royal Marines Band Service conducting the orchestra for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday party.

Lt Col Nick Grace – head of the Royal Marines Band Service – will conduct an orchestra of 65 musicians from all three Services at the concert, which runs for four nights from May 12 in the castle grounds. The 51-year-old from Waterlooville, Hampshire will lead the ensemble as it provides the show’s musical links and backing music for an array of famous singers including Dame Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

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TICKET COLLECTION

Please note all tickets purchased after midday on 20 May are to be collected from Horseguards Parade on the day of the event.  Tickets will be availabe for collection from 4pm.

Please ensure you go to the correct gate for your ticket stand (information below).

Holders of tickets for stands: A, B & C must enter by the North Gate (The Mall Horse Guards Road and Admiralty Citadel)

Holders of tickets for stands: D, E, F, G & SPECIAL ENCLOSURE AREAS must enter by the Centre Gate (Whitehall) which closes at 5.30pm

Holders of tickets for stands: H, J, K, L, M & N must enter by the South Gate (via Birdcage Walk and Foreign Office Green)

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RM Band Members on World tour!

As tickets go on sale for the Royal Marines spectacular Beating Retreat performance in May, two of the Royal Marines Bands members are currently flying the flag for great Britain as they perform around the Globe.  The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland are currently half way through a tour of the United States with their colleagues from the Guards Band.  The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth are currently taking part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ‘on tour’.  After playing to capacity crowds in Australia they are now performing the Tattoo for the people of New Zealand.

Once they return home rehearsals will begin in earnest for both the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in April and of course the big event of the summer, ‘Royal Marines Beating Retreat’ on Horse Guards Parade, London.

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