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Black Dyke return to Sheffield Citadel

Last week Black Dyke were in Sheffield for their annual concert at Psalter Lane.  It was a great evening of excellent music and good fellowship.  Check out some photos taken during the evening

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135th Anniversary Band Reunion

Sheffield Citadel Band’s 135th Anniversary Reunion weekend got off to a rousing start with Kevin Larsson’s “As We March” before Bandmaster Keith Wileman invited former members of the Band to come forward where they were welcomed & thanked for their service within the Band, before many of them then took their places in the massed Band of 60 musicians to play their part once again.

Former bandsmen had travelled from as far afield as Mexico, Holland & Northern Ireland, as well as the length & breadth of the UK to share in a weekend of fellowship, music & memories under the leadership of Lt Col Trevor Davis.  The day had commenced with a time of fellowship & renewing acquaintances, before an afternoon rehearsal and celebration tea.  For some it was the first time that they had returned to the Corps in many years and so it was a great opportunity to share in this time together.

During the evening former Sheffield Citadel bandmasters each took their place at the front of the Band to conduct pieces selected because of their particular relevance.  Brian Towse was the first to lead the Band in the appropriately entitled Leslie Condon march “Celebration”, during which Bandmaster Towse invited the 200 strong congregation to join in singing “Keep the Old Flag Flying” which was greeted with much enthusiasm by all.  Bandmaster Norman Short then led the Band in the playing of the classic Dean Goffin meditation “The Light of the World”.  Ian Wileman, who served twice as Bandmaster, most recently until 2001, conducted the Band in the popular festival arrangement “Daniel” (Gott) and Bandmaster Roland Hill led the Band through the reflective selection “By Love Compelled”.  Other Band pieces included during the evening were Leslie Condon’s “Call of the Righteous” and William Himes’ meditation “The Blessing” following which the Lt Col spoke about Paul talking to the church at Philippi about the importance of now and how, although reunions and nostalgia are great, the most important thing is where we are in our journeys today and who we are today.

The evening also included vocal items: “This Little Light” presented by the massed band and 2 vocal solos “A Different Man” sung by Leslie West and the aptly entitled “It’s been a Wonderful Day” – a true reflection of the whole weekend – which was sung by Andrew Wileman.  The festival concluded with the Band’s signature march “Sheffield Citadel” written by the late Bandmaster Herbert Mountain.

On Sunday Lt Col Davis led worship at the Corps and focused on ‘Moving For Christ’ and ‘Standing For Christ’, the Band’s theme for this its 135th Anniversary year.  His message was direct and simple and the congregation was both challenged and blessed by his ministry and leadership.

For those who were unable to share in the celebratory weekend, the festival and Sunday meetings are available to watch online on the Sheffield Citadel Livestream webpage.

Click here for photos taken during the weekend


135th Anniversary Reunion Photos

Check out the photos from our Band’s 135th Anniversary Reunion Weekend.

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Thanks to our photographers Gerald Brooks & Mike Hendy


Nether Edge Farmers Market

Last weekend SCB were again out on the streets of Sheffield playing to the public at the Nether Edge Farmers’ Market.  There was a great crowd of people there listening to our message and it was good to witness to such a receptive “audience”.

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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.


Bandmaster Keith on Radio Sheffield

Some of you may have heard our Bandmaster, Keith Wileman on Radio Sheffield this past Sunday when he was interviewed by Andy Crane on the Breakfast Show & talked about SCB’s 135th Anniversary, and in particular our Evening with William Himes this coming weekend.

If you missed it, don’t worry, you can listen to Keith’s interview here, just jump to 1 hour 23 minutes.



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.



Black Dyke Trombone Quartet

Last week, the Black Dyke Trombone Quartet presented an evening of music at The Citadel, as part of our 135 celebrations.  Here are some photos from the evening.

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