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Royal Marines Band appear at Sydney Opera House

Very few performers can say they have appeared at the Sydney Opera House. Now musicians from the Royal Marines Band can add that iconic venue to their CVs.

They have been performing as part of an International Fleet Review to celebrate the creation of the Royal Australian Navy a century ago. Our reporter, Richard Jones, sent this from Sydney.

OBE for top military musician

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace with his OBE Credit: Royal Marines

The head of the Portsmouth-based Royal Marines Band Service who played a major part in the musical celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has received his OBE from the Prince of Wales.

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace, 48, was presented with his award at Buckingham Palace. Last year he organised and conducted the music at the high-profile Jubilee Muster and Review of the Armed Forces at Windsor.

As Principal Director of Music for the RM Band Service he led massed bands from the three services – more than 450 musicians and pipers – in front of the Queen and a worldwide television audience of millions.