On 18 September 2010, the [bclink id=”962″ target=”_blank”] (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) kicked off its 2010 – 2011 season with a concert at Grays, Essex.
Bandmaster Corry began the program with two contrasting items, the energetic Make His Praise Glorious (Bill Wolaver, arr. William Gordon) followed by an arrangement of the well-loved chorus Prayer Gently Lifts Me (arr. C. Pascoe). This led into the invocation and introductions for the evening.
The first half proper got underway with Leslie Condon’s masterpiece The Call of the Righteous. This was followed by the first of several soloists featured during the festival, Maurice Patterson, who played the cornet solo Don’t Doubt Him Now (Leonard Ballantine, arr. Craig Woodland). The next item was an arrangement based a classic of the Baroque literature, J. S. Bach’s Fugue in D minor (arr. Ray Farr).
Trombone soloist Andrew Justice was featured next, presenting Knowing My Failings (Andrew Mackereth). The first half concluded with another masterpiece, Dean Goffin’s Rhapsody in Brass, a real challenge for any brass band.
After an interval, the Enfield Citadel Band got things rolling again with William Himes’ march Rolling Along. The trombone section was then featured in I Will Follow Him (Pourcel/Mauriat, arr. Goff Richards).
Two solo items, both compositions by James Curnow, followed. First up was euphonium soloist Paul Baker, who played Rhapsody for Euphonium. Next, showing that virtuosity at Enfield is not restricted to brass players, Simon Jenkins presented the xylophone solo A Victor’s Palm.
The concert took a more devotional tone with Kenneth Downie’s arrangement Jesus Answers Prayer, which was followed by a Scripture reading.
A modern classic, Shine As the Light (Peter Graham), was the final item on the program.
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