Band of HM Royal Marines to take King George VI to the charts

King George VI could scale the charts - as his famous war speech is included on a new album from the world-famous Band of H.M. Royal Marines called 'Summon The Heroes'.

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A recording of the famous King’s Speech On The Outbreak Of War, delivered by Colin Firth in the multi-award-winning film, The King’s Speech this year has been set to music by the Band of HM Royal Marines who today signed a major record deal with Universal. The recording will be heard over the Marines playing Eternal Father (For Those in Peril on the Sea).

The Marines signed their record deal today on Nelson's ship HMS Victory in Portsmouth, marking Trafalgar Day, the biggest day in the Navy calendar.

The Royal Marines' album, Summon The Heroes, is to be released on Universal's Decca label on November 14, and will also feature a choir of serving sailors from HMS Illustrious who have recorded Rod Stewart's Sailing The Band of H.M and a recording of 'Over The Hills' featuring the popular English tenor Alfie Boe.

Principal director of music for the Royal Marines Lt Col Nick Grace said: "The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines has a reputation of musical excellence and marching precision.

"When combined with another world-class outfit, Decca Records, I am sure the finished product will be one of the highest quality."

The band dates back to the mid 18th century with musicians playing before and even during battles.

We've got video footage of the Royal Marines Band in action. Watch them below.

The Band of H.M. Royal Marines performing 'Sailing' -

The Band of H.M. Royal Marines performing a Drumming Fanfare -

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