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Local community are invited to join in Salvation Army band 135 year celebration

19 September 2016


Local community are invited to join in Salvation Army band 135 year celebration

A reunion festival is being held this weekend (24th and 25th of September) to celebrate 135 years of the Salvation Army Sheffield Citadel Band.

Part of a calendar of special events being held this year to celebrate 135 years of music ministry in Sheffield, the local community are invited to come along this weekend to mark this significant milestone and share in a time of fellowship and music.

From humble beginnings making music using one large bell and an old drum, the band quickly became the highly regarded and accomplished music group that it is today. Members of the community are encouraged to come along and find out more about the rich history of the band within the city of Sheffield. Visitors and former band members from as far afield as Northern Ireland and Holland are expected to join in the celebrations.

On Sunday, the celebrations will be led by Lt Col Trevor Davis, notable Salvation Army composer. Lt Col Davis said: “I am very much looking forward to visiting Sheffield next weekend and meeting up with many colleagues and friends at the reunion weekend”.

Sheffield Citadel Bandmaster, Keith Wileman said: “Our band has a long history within the city and we’re looking forward to celebrating our 135th Anniversary by reuniting past and present members of the band together in a weekend of music, fellowship and memories. We really hope that people who have been connected with our band and our church in the past will come and share in this special weekend with us”.

The festival commences with an evening event this Saturday at 7pm. The celebrations will continue on Sunday during worship at 10.30am and 5.30pm. All events are free of charge and will be held at the Sheffield Citadel Corps, 12, Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11

8YN. No advance booking is required and all are welcome. For more information please call 01142 668127 or email :

For more than 150 years The Salvation Army has been transforming lives and continues to do so today in communities across the UK and throughout the world.


Internationally renowned musician helps Sheffield Citadel Band celebrate 135 years in the city

W Himes 2011 cropThis year The Salvation Army’s Sheffield Citadel Band is celebrating 135 years in the city and is holding a number of events to mark the occasion including a festival performance led by internationally renowned American musician William Himes on Saturday 14th May 2016.

United voices choir, made up of more than 100 vocalists from across Yorkshire, will be singing William’s compositions, and the Citadel’s band will also be playing his music.

Keith Wileman, Sheffield Citadel Bandmaster, said: “We are grateful for all the support we’ve received over the last 135 years from the people of Sheffield and our celebrations this year are a great opportunity to show our appreciation.

“We’re honoured that William Himeis joining us to help celebrate our 135th birthday. It’s a privilege for our band and songsters to be performing his music, and we’re excited that local people in Sheffield will have the opportunity to witness a performance led by such a gifted musician. It will be a wonderful evening of music and we’re keen to extend a warm welcome to the community and beyond.”

Sheffield Citadel, on Psalter Lane is a busy church and community centre which has been supporting local people for 135 years.

Tickets are £5 each and available by telephoning 0114 266 8127 or emailing

In 2015 The Salvation Army celebrated 150 years of transforming lives and it is still at the heart of every community today, supporting those in need.



Melbourne Staff Band photos

Check out Pete Longbottom’s photos of the Melbourne Staff Band during their visit to Sheffield on the 24th & 25th May 2011


Melbourne Staff Band kicks off ISB120 celebrations in style

The Melbourne Staff Band got the start of the ISB120 celebrations off to a flying start at Sheffield Citadel on the 25th May.  Fresh from their arrival in the UK only the day before, the Band received a Civic Reception at Sheffield Town Hall where they were greeted by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, before taking part in an open air concert in the Sheffield Peace Gardens.  Many people sat & listened to the Band as they performed a varied programme of music and many contacts were made with the people of Sheffield.



In the evening the MSB presented the first festival of their UK tour to a capacity crowd at Sheffield Citadel, under the leadership of Bandmaster Ken Waterworth.  The Band’s music included: The Ellacombe Chronicles (James Curnow) – the inspiration behind the title of the Band’s new CD “Chronicles”; Atonement (Roger Trigg) – which incorporates Australian melodies alongside well-known hymns; I’m in His Hands (arr. Brian Hogg) – featuring the Band’s trombone section.  Excellent solo items were presented by Principal Euphonium player Jamie Smith and vocalist Rebecca Raymond.

The finale section of the programme consisted of a lively & captivating choreographed presentation of music and song which enthralled the audience, who were led to a standing ovation for the Band.  The Band’s energetic & entertaining rendition of the William Tell overture, followed by a benediction concluded the Band’s programme.

It was a fantastic evening of music, fellowship and worship and one which will certainly prove to be a lasting memory for many months and years to come.


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.


LEGACY CD Now available

The latest recording from SCB – LEGACY – which features the music of former Bandmaster Jim Wright, is now available to purchase.

Go to our recordings page for further details & to find out how to order your copy.


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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