The Orchestra of the Band of HM Royal Marines performing with Plymouth Philharmonic Choir in 2009
The Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth is based at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall. The band undertakes a wide variety of ceremonial work of national importance, as well as fulfilling its main role of providing music for the ships and establishments of the RN. To form the Orchestra for the concert with Plymouth Philharmonic Choir, musicians are also coming from the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone.
Based at Lympstone in Devon. CTCRM selects and trains all Royal Marines Officers, recruits and reserves. CTCRM is unique in that it also provides all Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) command training as well as training 70% of all Royal Marines specialists.
On average, 1,300 recruits, 2,000 potential recruits and 400 potential officers attend training courses and acquaint courses at CTCRM every year. In addition the Training Wings run upwards of 320 courses a year for a further 2,000 students.
HMS Raleigh is the largest Royal Navy training establishment in the South West. It’s made up of a 239-acre main site, a maritime training centre on the River Lynher, and satellite bases for leadership and team-working exercises on Dartmoor and the Rame peninsula.
HMS Raleigh is the ‘front door’ for entry into the Royal Navy, where ratings from all branches receive their 10-week Initial Naval Training.
The seven schools on site provide a broad spectrum of training, ranging from the Submarine School to Damage Control and Board & Search, which also train members of the Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal Navy Reserve. On a typical day there are around 2,200 people on site.