Michael Purton, former principal horn with the Hallé Orchestra, conductor and record producer, writes:

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Please can you take a moment to follow the link below ( www.bevarammk.se )and add your name to the petition that is growing to save the Royal Swedish Navy Band from being disbanded due to Government cuts in Sweden. This band is absolutely one of the finest bands that I have ever heard and have had the privilege to work with and indeed is one of the absolute top ‘smaller’ military bands in the world. It would be an act of total vandalism to destroy the one remaining full time military band in Sweden, especially as it is of such an exceptional musical standard. If you follow the link you will be able to click on a tab to give you the text in English. It would be fantastic if you could forward this to anyone you know who might be sympathetic.

Thank you for your help to save the Royal Swedish Navy Band.

With best wishes

Mike Purton