Written by Olga Thomas

Performed by ‘Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Portsmouth (Royal Band), Conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace OBE RM, Principal Director of Music Royal Marines

Album Release Date: 29th July

Single Release – Jubilation

Release Date: 10th June

Label: Chevron Recordings  

For the first time a new album has been arranged and recorded by composer Olga Thomas and Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Portsmouth (Royal Band), aptly titled ‘Jubilation’ which will be released 29 July.

The first single to be released from the album will be the title track ‘Jubilation’ and was written by Olga to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen being the longest reigning Monarch as well as celebrating her 90th Birthday this year. 

All proceeds of this album will be split equally between Cruse Bereavement Care and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC). Neither charity supplied funds to support this project. 

Olga Thomas-Bosovskaya is a world-renowned composer. Over the years Olga has written many musical pieces for the Cruse Bereavement Charity including Cruse’s anthem ‘Restoring Hope’ and several of her pieces have been presented to Her Majesty The Queen. These include ‘Themes of Life and Glory’, a tribute to The Queen Mother, ‘Celebration’, an orchestral piece written to mark the marriage of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Olga also wrote the anthem ‘Jubilation’ for the Diamond Jubilee, performed by Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Portsmouth (Royal Band). They have also recorded ‘Royal Lullaby’, a gift for Prince George as well as ‘Lullaby for Princess Charlotte’.

Buy the new single and album, Jubilation

Other wonderful tracks include ‘Thank You Very March’ and the ‘Regent’s University London Theme’.

To mark the transition of Regent’s University from college to university, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Aldwyn Cooper asked Olga Thomas to compose a piece of music to celebrate the occasion. The University was so delighted with the music that it was used for the student’s annual graduation ceremony.  

On hearing that this music was to be included in this special album to commemorate the Queen’s birthday, Professor Aldwyn Cooper said: “We are honoured to hear that the music composed for Regent’s University London is to be performed by the Royal Marines band and included in this special album for Her Majesty The Queen. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the tremendous support that the Royal Family has given to education and our institution over the past 100 years.”

Olga and HM Royal Marines Band Portsmouth

Dr Olga Thomas Comments: “It has been my greatest honour and privilege to compose songs for the Royal household, my private music gifts have been presented several times over the years and I hope they have brought much joy to those that have listened. With every birth, marriage, important anniversaries and at times the passing of much loved Royal members each has moved me with every emotion possible and I try and convey this through my music.”

A number of the compositions on the album have been tastefully arranged and produced by Warrant Officer Class 1 Tom Hodge MBE RM recorded in Portsmouth with a full concert band. 

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace OBE RM, Principal Director of Music for the Royal Marines comments:  "I am delighted to be involved with recording the music of Dr Olga Thomas for this Commemorative Album. The proceeds provide much-needed funds for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Cruse Bereavement Care"

Special guest vocalists and supported charities

The album also includes some special guest vocalists including Classic FM presenter and Welsh Tenor Wynne Evans who sings vocals on the single ‘Jubilation’ and Rising star of the classical world British Soprano Emily Haig who provides the vocals on both Royal Lullaby tracks, her perfect pitch complements this track beautifully.

Olga is a long-term supporter of Cruse Bereavement Care. She has spent many years donating her time, energy and creative musical craftsmanship on behalf of the charity.

Debbie Kerslake Chief Executive, Cruse Bereavement Care Comments: “It is such a privilege to have Her Majesty The Queen as the Royal Patron of Cruse Bereavement Care and this new album Jubilation composed by Olga (Thomas – Bosovskaya) and arranged and recorded by Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band is a fitting tribute to celebrate her 90th birthday and 32 years patronage of Cruse.

"Olga has been a great supporter of Cruse over many years and we are very grateful to her for generously donating her time and immense talent to support our organisation.”

Chief Executive Robert Robson, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, said: "This recording is a wonderful gesture of support for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

"We exist so that the remarkable men and women of our Naval Service – past and present, regular and reserve  - as well as their families, always have someone to turn to whenever and wherever they are in need. Proceeds from the sales of Jubilation will help to ensure that we can continue to fulfil our mission for generations to come.”

Track Listing 

1. Jubilation 

2. Thank You Very March I

3. Love Song

4. Royal Wedding (Celebration)

5. Themes of Life and Glory 

6. Royal Lullaby (a Lullaby for Prince George)

7. Tribute

8. Restoring Hope

9. Regent’s University London Theme 

10. Lullaby for Princess Charlotte

11. Thank You Very March II 

12. Insecurity Alert (Luvvie’s Lament) 

For further information and for interview opportunities please contact Louise Harris on 07980 996318 or email [email protected]