Bath-born Capt Peter Curtis to lead his Royal Marine Band in city for first time at concert tonight
A military musician from Bath will conduct his band for the first time in his home city tonight.
The Royal Marine Band will be the star attraction at a fundraising concert at The Forum.
The event is being put on by the city’s three Rotary clubs to raise money for the Friends of Bath Young Carers and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
The concert will also feature bands, choirs and musicians from local schools.
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The Portsmouth-based Royal Marine Band will be led by its director of music Captain Peter Curtis, who was educated at Culverhay School and learned the cornet at the Salvation Army at Green Park.
The Friends of Young Carers raises money to support the 400-strong army of youngsters who care for a family member in the Bath area.
The 7pm concert is being sponsored by city engineering firm Rotork, and tickets can be obtained from Bath Box Office and cost £25, £15 or £10 each, half price for children under 16.
Capt Curtis, 45, has been in the Royal Marine Band Service for 27 years.
At the concert will be his old trumpet teacher Susan Avison, who works for Bath and North East Somerset Music Services.
He said: “She properly set me on the musical path many years ago and was a massive influence to me. Arguably, I wouldn’t have had the career I’ve had, nor be the director of music I currently am without the excellent foundation she gave me. It’ll be the first time I’ve seen her for 25-plus years.”
The concert will feature the Monkton Combe School Swing Band, among others.
Capt Curtis said: “Given how Bath gave me my musical start in life, I was more than happy to have local youth groups perform and I’m thrilled that so many groups are playing – it’s great to see music thriving in Bath and the surrounding district. My band and I will take to the stage for the entire second half featuring a wide variety of music including traditional marches, film themes, the big band sound, some amazing solo performances and, of course, our world famous Corps of Drums. It should be an excellent evening.”