The Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) joined with the vocal group The Dedicated Divas on 10 May 2014 for a concert in support of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. The concert was held at St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Chelmsford.
The band opened the concert with Salvation’s Song, followed by the first solo offering of the evening, Maurice Patterson (cornet) playing Ave Verum. After introductions, the Dedicated Divas presented their first set, singing Wonderful World and It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got that Swing.
Next up was another of the band’s soloists, Paul Baker, who played the euphonium solo Grandfather’s Clock. The band then played The Pilgrim Way. The Dedicated Divas returned for another set, this time singing Angels Watching Over Me and Rock Eternal. The band finished the first half with Canadian Folk Song Suite.
Principal trombone Andrew Justice began the second half with Blessed Assurance and then the Dedicated Divas returned for their third set, which included The Ascot Gavotte and I Could Have Danced All Night.
The band then featured two trios. First was the cornet trio The Veterans, played by Maurice Patterson, Paul Williams and Simon Hicks. Next were the trombones, with Andrew Justice, Ben Horton and Stuart Horton, who played Jericho. After a “Pause for Thought” from Verena King, the band continued with Reflections in Nature.
The Dedicated Divas sang their last item, A Medley from “Oliver” and the band concluded the program with the great classic by Dean Goffin, Symphony of Thanksgiving.
Enfield and Divas Join for Rollason Benefit web site, PDF scan of concert program