of the highlights in many people's calendars is the annual Mountbatten
Festival of Music. The event has gone from strength to strength over
the last quarter of a century and has been a wonderful showpiece for
the Royal Marines Band Service.
It is easy to apply for tickets for the Festival. We would encourage
anyone who is interested in receiving tickets to ensure that their
name is on our mailing list. This does not guarantee a ticket but
does mean that you will receive all the relevant details in regard
to seat prices and methods of payment, and more importantly the
date the ticket office will open. Applications are not accepted
before this date. If you are interested in placing your name and
address on the mailing list, the office details are included at
the end of this article.
As mentioned earlier, demand for tickets is ever increasing, in
particular for boxes and stalls on Friday and Saturday evening.
It is not unusual for all the boxes and stalls to be sold out in
2 or 3 days, and yet when people enter the Royal Albert Hall there
arc empty seats near them. These are the seats owned by Members
of the Corporation of the Royal Albert Hall and are similar to debenture
seats. When the Royal Albert Hall was built in 1871, approximately
1,300 seats were sold in order to raise the money to complete the
building. In return, those who bought the seats(Members of the Corporation)
are entitled to attend, without charge, all events at the Hall which
are the subject of an Ordinary License (Letting Agreement). The
Royal Albert Hall has approximately 5,100 seats, however, by removing
the Members seats we are left with 3,700 to sell. Please remember
that all the Members seats are stalls or boxes. We are very lucky
that some Members do return their tickets to us for resale for which
we are most grateful, but this still leaves us with a shortfall
During the box office opening week we often have large quantities
of mail per day to deal with and this invariably leads to a backlog
in processing applications. Nonetheless, we strictly enforce a policy
of "first come first served".
The Mountbatten Festival of Music staff will always offer the customer
the very best seats available at that time. We hope this background
information is helpful to the readers of this site.
Mountbatten Trust Office
RM Corps Secretariat