Enfield Citadel Band was busy over the Remembrance weekend, some of its members more so than others. Songster Leader Andrew Lofthouse participated in the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall as part of his duty with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Young People’s Band Leader Simon Hicks was involved in the Remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph in London with the band of the Coldstream Guards.
On Remembrance Sunday, the band prelude used the melody from Eric Ball’s tone poem The Triumph of Peace, associated with the words “Peace in our time, O Lord”. During the service the band contributed Ave Verum (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Albert Jakeway). At 11:00, Band Sergeant Maurice Patterson played The Last Post. As a postlude, the band played another Eric Ball composition, the middle movement (“Intercession”) of The Pilgrim Way.
After a break for lunch, the band’s military members, Lofthouse and Hicks, joined after completing their duties. The band joined the Enfield Remembrance Service, leading the procession to the War Memorial, accompanying songs, and then leading the parade through the Enfield town center with the strains of Montreal Citadel, Redcliffe, Star Lake, and The British Legion.
Enfield Citadel Band web site, original report by Garry Ambrose