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Mountbatten Festival of Music: Behind the Scenes


BFBS is proud to bring you some musical highlights as we celebrate the very best of military music!

For 50 years the Royal Albert Hall has played host to the annual Mountbatten Festival of Music featuring His Majesty’s Massed Bands of the Royal Marines.

A captivating performance of enchanting melodies, extraordinary musicianship, pageantry and a spectacle of military excellence.

During this BFBS music special, presented by Jess Bracey, we’ll hear highlights from the 2023 concert featuring classical and contemporary music as well as interviews with band members as we take you behind the scenes of the rehearsal ahead of the iconic showcase.

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The SSAFA Christmas Carol Concert


Jess Bracey & Tim Humphries bring you highlights of the Christmas Carol Concert in aid of SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity from The Royal Military Chapel The Guards' Chapel, London. As the focus is the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, you can hear how the soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave the ultimate sacrifice are remembered and honoured.

Also, as many face the cost-of-living crisis, we hear from SSAFA’s Chief Executive about how the charity’s meeting the needs of forces families, beneficiaries and share powerful, personal stories, and in a season of mixed emotions, hear how the Christmas message brings hope.


Mountbatten Festival of Music 2022


BFBS brings you highlights from the Mountbatten Festival of Music. Featuring the Massed Bands of HM Royal Marines, the Fanfare Team and world-famous Corps of Drum from the Royal Albert Hall.


SSAFA Christmas Carol Service


Tim Humphries & Jess Bracey bring you highlights of the SSAFA Christmas Carol Concert from Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London.


The Mountbatten Festival of Music 2021

BFBS brings you the highlights from this year's Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall as one of the best military bands in the world comes to life.

Kneller Hall - A Final Farewell

Kneller Hall, the home of British Army music since it was established in 1857, will soon close its gates in Twickenham for the final time and the Royal Military School of Music will move to Portsmouth to co-locate with the Royal Marines Band Service. To mark this end of an era and the start of a new chapter, Kneller Hall recorded a special one-off concert to take the place of the traditional weekly summer events they have hosted for many generations with audiences of about 2,000 a night.

The Mountbatten Festival of Music

Jess Bracey presents interviews and musical highlights from this year’s Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall. The festival showcases the incredible musicianship and pageantry of the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and features a wide range of musical styles. There’s music from the big screen, some superb solo performances, as well as the traditional marches and overtures that have proved such a hit with audiences over the years at this annual event.