The venue for the last two recordings by the Birmingham Citadel Band (Bandmaster Graham Lamplough) was St. Luke”s Church in Birmingham. As a “thank you”, the band offered to perform a concert, which was held on 26 February 2011. The contemporary buildings have an excellent acoustic and the band always seems to enjoy playing there.
Starting with Martin Cordner’s Fanfare and Flourishes, the cornets and trombones encircled the audience before returning to the typical band formation after the fanfare opening. Other music featured on the program included Songs of the Morning (Eric Ball) and Paul Sharman’s A Psalm of Thanks, which was written for the Birmingham Citadel Band in 2008.
After the interval the band started with a small ensemble, among the congregation, playing a Dixieland jazz arrangement of Just a Closer Walk (arr. Alan Fernie). As the Birmingham Citadel Band will be touring Canada this Easter, Bandmaster Lamplough featured several items associated with that time of the year, which also provided a catalyst for the time of reflection. Highlights included Written in Red (Dean Jones) and Leslie Condon’s timeless classic Easter Glory.
The band completed the concert as it had begun: out among the audience playing Stephen Bradnum’s beautiful arrangement of The Irish Blessing.
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