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SCB’s weekend visit to Birmingham Citadel

Report taken from the Birmingham Citadel website

Birmingham Citadel Band welcomed Sheffield Citadel Band (BM Keith Wileman) for the “return-leg” of an exchange between the two bands.  BCB enjoyed a fantastic weekend in Sheffield back in April and so we eagerly anticipated this weekend.

The weekend started with a Saturday evening festival.  SCB got the evening off to a great start with Steven Ponsford’s “Turris Fortissima”. Written for Enfield Citadel Band’s tour of the USA in 2007, the music attempts to portray God’s protection.  The geographical position of Plymouth (the composer’s home city) means that, at various times in history, the city has been the United Kingdom’s first line of defence.  However, the city’s forefathers believed that physical security was worthless without a faith in God’s protection and this is reflected in the city motto; Turris fortissima est nomen Jehovah (The name of Jehovah is our strongest tower) (Proverbs 18:10). The music features the contemporary song Shout to the Lord and there is also an apt reference to Dean Goffin’s My Strength, My Tower as the music builds to its dramatic final bars.

The Band followed this with two solo items.  Newly appointed principal cornet Adrian Wileman created a reflective atmosphere playing Matthew Ingram’s “I Love You Lord”, before the composer took centre stage as he played Norman Bearcroft’s “Better World”.  The audience clearly enjoyed the impressive reading from memory!  Other pieces included Dean Jones’ “Glorifico Aeternum” and Wagner’s timeless “Elsa’s Procession to the Minster”.  Vicki Lewis gave a thought provoking short message before, as per tradition, the band ended with their own march “Sheffield Citadel”.

The Sunday morning was led by Glyn Evans and Kay Mason and they did a terrific job as the large congregation enjoyed a varied and challenging time with the band.  The whole weekend was based around the theme of SCB’s latest CD recording which was launched on the Saturday evening: “Legacy”.  It features the music of former SCB Bandmaster Jim Wright who certainly left a musical legacy both at Sheffield Citadel and for the wider Salvation Army world.  This was the catalyst for the weekend as those gathered were challenged “what legacy will you leave when your time on earth is over?”.

The Sunday evening service took the form of a mini-concert when the band played music such as Peter Graham’s “The Last Amen” and cornet duet “Quicksilver” when SCB’s principal cornet Adrian Wileman was joined by Birmingham Citadel Band’s principal Gavin Lamplough to perform the soloists parts.  The band also included music from the pen of Jim Wright as well as Wilfred Heaton’s timeless “Just as I am”.

We enjoyed a good weekend with christian friends and a wide variety of music was enjoyed.


Visit of Birmingham Citadel Band to Sheffield

Visit of Birmingham Citadel Band to Sheffield – April 10th & 11th 2010.
(report by Pete Longbottom)

A warm Yorkshire welcome was afforded to the visitors as they presented FANFARE AND FLOURISHES featuring the cornet and trombone sections, this was immediately followed by FALL AFRESH these two pieces whetting our appetites of what was to come.

Individual items presented fulfilled all tastes, from cornet solos TUCKER Gavin Lamplough, Euphonium BETTER WORLD David Taylor, trombone feature I WILL FOLLOW HIM, Tenor Horn OVER THE RAINBOW Neil Blessett, and Tuba the BARE NECESSITIES where the poor soloist was hijacked by the rest of the band.

The band’s presentation, sensitivity, and variety of music, entertained us and took us on a journey, but most of all challenged us.

Paul Meredith’s scripture presentation reminded us to review the way we look at our faith, the highlight of the evening for some was the band’s rendition of WERE YOU THERE reminding us of our Lords sacrifice.

The two final items a contemporary arrangement KERYGMA AND IRISH BLESSING brought the evening to a conclusion.

Invitations given to friends and colleagues resulted in new people attending with promises to revisit the fellowship.

Sunday morning we were invited by the Band to COME NOW IS TIME TO WORSHIP and the meeting supported the theme on three talks, LOOKING AT THE CROSS, LOOKING FROM THE CROSS , AND LOOKING BACK AT THE CROSS.

Sunday Night Live With The Band included the items LIGHT BRINGER , EASTER GLORY, trombone and xylophone solos by Mark Sharman and Robert Haywood.

NAME THAT TUNE, and a KARAOKE item enabled the congregation to participate in worship. Rob O’Connor reminded us that as Christians we need to work together as one in the body of Christ.

The home sections supported during the weekend and enhanced the Band’s message.

During the playing of Great Escape, the band moved to the body of the hall and concluded the weekend with an inspiring rendition of William Gordon’s GOD BE WITH YOU

The photos included show the trombones presenting I WILL FOLLOW HIM and the Band after playing KERYGMA.

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