London Citadel Band and Timbrels in Concert

The London Citadel Band (Bandmaster John Lam) and the London Citadel Timbrels gave a concert at Wolf Performance Hall in London, Ontario, on 9 May 2014. The band started off the evening with Silver Star (Ray Steadman-Allen) followed by The Good Old Way (Bruce Broughton).

Next up was the first of several solo and feature items included in the program. Steven Burditt and Stephen Chard presented the euphonium duet Solid Rock (Jonathan Rowsell). This was followed by the first item from the timbrels, who performed to Since Jesus (Leonard Ballantine), accompanied by the band.

Salvation Army band concerts almost always feature brass musicians, but this concert included something a bit different as Charlotte Lemon-Sarris and Michelle Sangster gave a rendition of Allegro Elegante, a flute duet by noted 19th-century flautist Giuseppe Gariboldi. Next, Deborah Dawe was featured in The Ashokan Farewell (arr. Alan Fernie). The first half ended with Solidarity (Robert Redhead).

The band brought the audience back from the interval with Derek Broadbent’s arrangement of Lord of the Dance. The timbrels returned with a routine to Abundance (Marcus Venables). The concert continued with Soli Deo Gloria (William Himes).

The next item on the program was the tuba solo Fnügg (Øystein Baadsvik). This virtuosic solo, featuring advanced techniques such as multiphonics, has become a sensation via YouTube performances by the composer and others. On this occasion, it was played by Jonathan Rowsell. Rowsell then moved from tuba to bass guitar, joining with Andrew Virtue on piano to accompany Serena Doars for the cornet solo Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen).

The trombone section was highlighted in the next item, When I Survey (Olaf Ritman), with soloists Noel Brooks, Jane Lam and Greg Bebbington. This led into the final item of the evening, Martin Cordner’s Fusion.

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