Baker Featured at Pre-Contest Festival

Please note that this is an informational report and not a review of the concert. Full reviews of the concert have been published by 4BarsRest and British Bandsman.

For the 67th consecutive year, the Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) held an event preceding the National Brass Band Championships. This year’s Pre-Contest Festival was held on Friday, 11 October 2013, in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. Trombone virtuoso Brett Baker was the guest soloist and Paul Hindmarsh served as compère.

The concert opened with a classical transcription, Folk Festival (Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. Martin Cordner), followed by a welcome and introductions. The next item was My Hope (Roger Trigg).

The first item from guest soloist Brett Baker was up next. Baker is principal trombone of the renowned Black Dyke Band and is one of Europe’s leading brass performers and educators. His first solo with the Enfield Citadel Band on this concert was Song of Joy (Andrew Mackereth). The band continued the concert with a selection from Norman Bearcroft’s suite Reflections, “Home to Thee”.

Baker returned for his second presentation, The Follower (Martin Cordner). The band concluded the first half of the program with one of Ray Steadman-Allen’s many major works, Daystar.

Following the interval, the band brought the crowd back in with the march Mountain Camp (Donald Osgood). Brett Baker returned for another solo item, Sweet Hour of Prayer, written by the great Wilfred Heaton and arranged by the compère for the evening, Paul Hindmarsh.

Even more trombones were involved in the next item, a new trombone quartet, entitled Jericho, by Australian Salvationist composer Roger Trigg. More new music from the band was presented. The first item was a major work for brass band by Dorothy Gates, entitled Faith. Gates is the music editor for the USA Eastern Territory and a member of the New York Staff Band. This was followed by prelude Here Is the Place by David Catherwood. The composers of these three items have recently joined together to form Trio Music Publishing, officially launched the day after this concert at the National Championships.

Returning for his final solo item of the evening, Brett Baker played His Provision (Ivor Bosanko, arr. Dorothy Gates). The evening concluded with the band presenting Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Fire in the Blood, a piece which has gained great popularity since its premiere during the 120th anniversary celebrations for the International Staff Band in 2011.

Enfield Citadel Band web site, PDF of concert programme