Mountbatten Festival 2016, in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust and CLIC Sargent
9 April 2016 - 19:30
The Mountbatten Festival of Music returns, featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines performing over three nights at the Royal Albert Hall. These concerts display the outstanding versatility of some of the world’s finest military musicians and are given the “West End” treatment with spectacular lighting effects. The Festival sees the Royal Marines showcase their incredible musicianship and pageantry and features a wide range of musical styles, including music from the big screen and superb solo items, as well as the traditional marches and overtures that have proved such a hit with audiences over the years.
Thanks to the lobbying of Edwina Mountbatten, in 1949 Sir Malcolm Sargent was appointed Honorary Music Advisor to Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band Service, a post created especially for him, and which he held until his death in 1967, when it disappeared, until 2007 when Robin Dewhurst was given the title. Sargent would conduct the Bands of the Marines in various different concerts over the next two decades and in various parts of the world. After Sargent's death, from 1973 onwards, the Marines began staging annual Massed Band Spectaculars at the Hall, at which money was raised for the Sir Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children (now CLIC Sargent) and for military charities. It was in 1980 that these concerts were renamed the Mountbatten Festival of Music, as a tribute to the Admiral of the Fleet Lord Mountbatten - an uncle of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and a favourite great-uncle and advisor to HRH Prince Charles - who had been killed by an IRA bomb in August 1979. The concerts have been an annual mixture at the Hall since then and always raise money for CLIC Sargent and military charities. Members of the Royal Family have attended frequently including Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Alexandra, The Queen (1990), Princess Diana (1991), The Duke of Gloucester, Princess Anne, and most recently Prince Harry.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh attended the event as Captain General of the Royal Marines.
Event Date and Time
9 April 2016 - 19:30
Orchestra or Band
Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines
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