Sheffield Weekend for Norwich Citadel Band

Norwich Citadel Band (Bandmaster Richard Woodrow) had a most successful weekend visit to Sheffield Citadel, 5 – 6 April 2014. The ministry weekend included a Saturday evening festival, Sunday morning worship and a Sunday afternoon concert.

An enthusiastic audience greeted the band on Saturday evening. The players gave a good account of themselves, with soloists Matthew Peek (cornet) playing A Happy Day and David Winch (horn) playing Variations on a Welsh Theme. Eloise Peek brought some contrast with sensitive, beautiful piano – her first solo with the band. A surprise soloist was Andrew Woodhouse, who presented Light-Fingered Freddie, a novelty song from one of the Gowans and Larsson musicals. Major works for the evening included Variations on Laudate Dominum, Train of Fire and Sunset on the River Exe.

On Sunday morning, worship was led by the band’s executive officer, Major Richard Welch, with some music from the band.

In the afternoon, major works from the band included Quintessence and the overture from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. Another choice by Bandmaster Woodrow was Celebrate and Sing!, written by Captain Martin Cordner, who was present as a member of the Norwich Citadel Band. Daniel Frost was featured as a soloist with the trumpet piece Concert Étude (Goedicke).

The band was glad to have James Morley and Sam Gibson for the weekend, both traveling from college in Sheffield and Manchester, respectively. It was the first weekend away with the band for James House and the first weekend away for several years for Andrew Woodhouse, who with his family recently returned to Norwich from Bexleyheath Corps.

Norwich Citadel Band web site, original report by Band Secretary Michael Whybrow