Supporters of the Clarence Adoo Trust have announced that a new fundraising project will take place in 2017. The renowned Enfield Citadel Band, under the direction of guest conductor John Ward, will record a celebration of the music of Eric Ball. The featured soloist will be Kirsty Abbotts, principal cornet of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. Abbotts will perform the cornet solo Clear Skies.
This will be the fifth in a series of recordings acknowledging Clarence Adoo’s Salvation Army background by exploring the work of the Army’s composers and arrangers. A feature of past recordings has been the appearance of guest soloists, including Owen Farr, David Childs, Kevin Ashman, Richard Martin, Steve Stewart, and Davur Magnussen. The current project is no exception with the participation of Kirsty Abbotts. This is not the first time that she has been part of efforts to support Clarence. In 2008, she was the first conductor of the Clarence Adoo Ensemble, a group of first-class brass musicians brought together for the annual Northern Lights Festival concert in Castleford, and has led that group on three other occasions.
Speaking of the current project, John Ward explained, “There are so many challenges to anyone looking to market and sell CDs nowadays, but there remains a big appetite to hear this great music and in doing so support such an inspirational person. The repertoire will lean towards the less familiar or rarely recorded works of Eric Ball, alongside a few well-loved favorites.” He added, “It’s great to have Kirsty on board again, she’s unquestionably one of the very best cornet players around.”
Andrew Justice, long-time deputy bandmaster and principal trombone of the Enfield Citadel Band, said, “The group is delighted to be involved in this series of recordings to raise funds for Clarence Adoo, a personal friend of the band for whom we have helped raise funds in the past. We are also pleased to feature the music of the iconic Eric Ball. We look forward to the leadership of John Ward for this recording, whose commitment to supporting Clarence in this way is an inspiration.”
Clarence Adoo commented, “I am very excited about the possibility of another recording to support the Clarence Adoo Trust. This again will be a very special recording knowing the composer’s music, the musicians involved, and the recording team.”
Recording sessions will take place 14 – 15 July 2017, with the recording scheduled for an autumn release.
Source: Press release submitted by John Ward