8th May 2020: VE Day 75

Today is the 75th anniversary since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe.

Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people were able to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and to hope for the future, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.

To mark the anniversary, we bring you the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, performing in the 2020 Mountbatten Festival of Music. After all, the only thing better than a Royal Marines band concert is when they perform on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier!

From the comfort of your living room, watch one of the finest military bands in the world perform an exciting programme of music including Sir Tom Jones, Gloria Estefan, Two Steps From Hell and music from the critically acclaimed film Gladiator by Hans Zimmer. There truly is something for everyone!

This concert supports RMA – The Royal Marines Charity. If you enjoy watching, please do consider donating here https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MFM2020

Programme:
03:50 – The National Anthem
05:19 – Weiter Philharmoniker Fanfare – R Strauss, Art. G Keachie
10:01 – Under the White Ensign – V Dunn
13:58 – Evergreen – T Bergersen, Arr. I Hutchinson
16:59 – The Forgotten Army – C Harris
18:24 – Dragonwing – Two Steps From Hell, Arr. I Hutchinson
21:29 – HMS Hood – G Keachie
27:23 – Nabucco – G Verdi, Arr. I Hutchinson
35:58 – Tico Tico – Z Abreu, Arr. G Keachie
43:00 – Over the Rainbow – H Arlen, Arr. R Oetomo
48:56 – The Green Hornet – B May, Arr. G Keachie
53:05 – Sir Tom! – Arr. T Naughton
1:11:33 – Gloria! – Arr. N West
1:19:00 – The Sound of Silence – P Simon and A Garfunkel, Arr. P Trudgeon
1:25:03 – Let the People Sing ‘A Tribute to ENSA’ – Arr. G Keachie
1:42:01 – Fantasia on Greensleeves – R Williams, Arr. R Greaves, Trans. G Keachie
1:49:04 – Gladiator – H Zimmer, Arr. I Hutchinson
2:09:56 – Men of Honor – T Bergersen, Arr. I Hutchinson
2:13:24 – Sunset – AC Green
2:14:52 – Britannic Salute – T Arne/E Elgar, Arr. WW Shillito
2:21:20 – Heart of Oak – W Boyce
2:22:09- Sarie Marais – Arr. V Dunn
2:23:06 – A Life on the Ocean Wave – H Russell, Arr. K Alford
2:25:39 – You’ve Got the Music in Me – Arr. M Bowditch

This virtual concert was recorded on the 7th March 2020, before the UK Government lockdown.

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