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Royal Marines band plays concert at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre

PUBLISHED: 11:21 04 March 2011

The Band of HM Royal Marines, Collingwood

The Band of HM Royal Marines, Collingwood

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MARCH has a military theme at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft with two major musical events.

Next Saturday, March 12, the popular biannual Royal Marines Band Concert takes place, this year featuring the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood.

The band was formed on June 16, 2009 as a direct result of the closure of the band based at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

Since then the band has performed at many events including high profile occasions such as the Lord Mayor’s Show in London, the Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo, the Mountbatten Festival of Music with the Massed Bands of the Royal Marines at the Royal Albert Hall, the South Coast Prom and Bournemouth Air Show.

It was the first Royal Marines Band to march into the Palace of Westminster and has visited Guernsey, Walcheren and the Falkland Islands.

In addition to its musical commitments the RM Band Collingwood has deployed on RFA Argus to exercise its operational roles. The concert has been organised by the Royal Marines Association, Lowestoft branch, and is presented in aid of service charities. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

The following Tuesday, March 15, the Marina welcomes the return of L/Cpl Ryan Idzi, Sgt Major Gary Chilton and Sgt 
Richie Maddocks as The Soldiers visit Lowestoft as part of their 2011 live concert tour.

Following the success of The Soldiers debut album Coming Home which dominated the charts, selling over 600,000 copies, the sell-out tour raised £500,000 for the Help for Heroes charity. The three serving soldiers released their much anticipated Christmas single A Soldier’s Christmas Letter on December 9, and performed at both the Children of Courage Awards as well as at the Royal Variety Performance.

The Soldiers tour is predominantly playing only major cities and London’s Royal Albert Hall and the inclusion of the Marina is another coup for the venue. Veterans and service families can also obtain a discount on seats at the Lowestoft concert.

To book for either concert call the Marina box office on 01502 533200.

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