Toys and Tins at Norwich Cathedral

A recent concert to benefit the annual Toys and Tins Appeal organized by the Salvation Army and BBC Radio Norfolk was held in the magnificent Norwich Cathedral on Friday, 11 October 2013. The event was organized by the Divisional Headquarters team and Norwich Citadel Band (Bandmaster Richard Woodrow) took a prominent role, along with the Norwich High School Chamber Choir and harp soloist Zoe Rasmussen. The compère for the evening was BBC TV presenter David Whiteley.

The band’s choice of music kept to the lighter side in view of the anticipated audience. Temple 125 (Kevin Larsson), composed to celebrate Bromley Temple’s 125th anniversary. Edward Elgar’s Chanson de Matin, skilfully transcribed by former Birmingham Citadel bandmaster Wesley Kendrick, Lift Up Your Voice (Stephen Bulla) and the bright and lively Fill the World with Glory (Kevin Larsson) brought the concert to the interval.

Contributions from the Chamber Choir in the first half included One Voice (Barry Manilow), Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (Tim Rice/Elton John) and God Help the Outcasts (Howard Arlen/Alan Menken).

Following the interval, the band performed Johan Halvorsen’s masterly Entry of the Boyards, transcribed by former International Staff Band member James Gilbert. Other contributions from the band included Love Changes Everything (Andrew Lloyd Webber, arr. Stephen Bulla) and Servants of God (Steven Ponsford). Welsh harpist Zoe Rasmussen delighted the listeners with Passacaille (George Frederick Handel), Automne (Grandjany) and Bugeillo’r Gwenith Gwyn (John Thomas). The choir sang Mozart’s Kyrie and Brahms’ The Gardener, op. 17 no. 3.

Norwich Citadel Band web site, original report by Michael Whybrow