The Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) performed at Rushden Corps on Saturday, 22 March 2014. The varied program featured three of the band’s soloists and a wide range of items, from old classics to recent works.
The concert kicked off with the festival march Celebration (Leslie Condon), followed by “Home to Thee”, a section from Reflections (Norman Bearcroft). Next was a recent composition, My Hope (Roger Trigg).
The first soloist of the evening was Maurice Patterson (cornet), who played Jubilance (William Himes). This was immediately followed by another solo presentation, with Paul Baker (euphonium) offering “Anthem” from Chess (Anderson/Ulvaeus, arr. Andrew Blyth). The first half concluded with one of the great classics of Salvation Army brass band literature, Dean Goffin’s magnificent Symphony of Thanksgiving.
After the interval, the band brought the crowd back in with Just a Closer Walk (arr. Alan Fernie) and Mountain Camp (Donald Osgood). The trombone section was featured in Jericho (Roger Trigg). Next was another item from the realm of Salvation Army classics, Morley Calvert’s Canadian Folk Song Suite.
The final soloist of the evening was principal trombone Andrew Justice, who played Blessed Assurance (William Himes). A devotional mood was then invoked by In Know Thou Art Mine (Leonard Ballantine).
The concert concluded with a recent item that has quickly gained a reputation as one of the new classics of brass band literature, Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Fire in the Blood. As usual, the band capped off the evening with their famous signature march, The Red Shield (Henry Goffin).
Enfield Citadel Band web site