James Dunlop, Antoniya Georgieva, and Luc Ray at the Royal Albert Hall

Three students from the University of Portsmouth’s Film and Television courses worked with the Royal Navy on the broadcast of the Mountbatten Festival of Music 2022

  • 25 April 2022
  • 3 min read

Filmed during three sold-out performances, MSc Film and Television part-time student James Dunlop who was the broadcast’s producer and PA, invited fellow MSc student Antoniya Georgieva and Television and Broadcasting student Luc Ray to join the camera team on the prestigious event at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The yearly broadcast accompanied the 50th anniversary of the show, attended by 15,000 people, and featured music from Sir Elton John, The Prodigy and trailer music producers Two Steps From Hell. The compere was veteran BBC broadcaster and presenter Katie Derham.

James Dunlop working at the Royal Albert Hall during the Mountbatten Festival of Music 2022

James Dunlop, producer of the 50th anniversary broadcast.

This was James’ sixth year working on the broadcast. The 32 year old, who since lockdown has directed two music videos with Pixie Lott, said: “It is always an amazing opportunity to work on this prestigious broadcast in the Royal Albert Hall but equally rewarding to be able to share the experience by inviting two University of Portsmouth students on-set to gain valuable knowledge. I know they learnt a great deal working with the team of BBC veterans and I look forward to seeing how they progress further. It’s an exciting time in the industry as television and video demand grows worldwide, and opportunities like these hopefully inspire careers and the next generation of television makers”.

it was a fantastic opportunity to get some hands-on experience ... this will be a tremendous opportunity for me to learn and grow in my future profession

Antoniya Georgieva, MSc Film and TV student

MSc Film & TV student Antoniya Georgieva, who since gaining experience on the broadcast has been invited back to work with Michael Bublé at BBC Maida Vale, said “I was delighted at the opportunity to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall and see how things are done in practice. I learned how to build industry-standard cameras, worked with technology I have never worked with before, and gained knowledge from industry leaders. As I want to be a camera operator, it was a fantastic opportunity to get some hands-on experience. It is amazing not only to have learned so much, but also to have been invited to join the crew at BBC Maida Vale. I believe this will be a tremendous opportunity for me to learn and grow in my future profession”.

Last year’s MSc Film & TV student Dan Jones was invited onto the same broadcast last year by James. He's since gone on to work on BBC Spitting Image, Top of the Pops, Channel 4’s Unapologetic and the new GamesMaster 2021 reboot with Sir Trevor McDonald as a direct result.

James continued, “developing skills learnt on the MSc Film & TV degree under course leader Steve Whitford, I’m able to constantly apply new knowledge to my industry work, including this broadcast. The calibre of lecturers at the School of Film, Media and Communication is superb and I’m extremely thankful to be studying under them and Steve, growing both personally and professionally”.

The Mountbatten Festival of Music 2022 at the Albert Hall

I very much look forward to continuing the valuable relationship between the Masters Film & TV course and James's Royal Navy broadcast projects

Steve Whitford, Course Leader MSc Film and TV

Course Leader Steve Whitford said “Industrial relevance and contact are key to the continuing design and development of the Masters Film & TV course, here at University of Portsmouth. James's excellent work and attitude encapsulates this ethos in his application of new knowledge to an industrial context, as well as offering opportunities to his Masters colleagues: opportunities that have clearly been maximised. I very much look forward to continuing the valuable relationship between the Masters Film & TV course and James's Royal Navy broadcast projects and on behalf of the students, my thanks to James and the Royal Navy for the opportunities”.

The broadcast is the second longest running yearly show in the Royal Albert Hall’s history. This year celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Mountbatten Festival of Music show, the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War and celebrates Sir Elton John’s 75th birthday.

The Mountbatten Festival of Music 2022 broadcast will premiere on The Bands of HM Royal Marines YouTube channel on .