Friday, 23 September 2011 saw the Norwich Citadel Band (Bandmaster Richard Woodrow) play its first concert of the season at the Norwich Cathedral, raising funds for the Salvation Army’s “Toys and Tins” Appeal. Rock musician Rick Wakeman was the guest compère for the evening.
The Thorpe House Prep School choir, with over 100 young people, performed to great effect, their enthusiasm and tunefulness much in evidence. A young Spanish guitarist and an older singer-songwriter, with Salvation Army connections, also performed.
Bandmaster Woodrow chose music such as Train of Fire (John Gibson), Alabanza (Steven Ponsford), Psalm of Thanks (Paul Sharman), Jubilation! (James Curnow), Fanfare to Worship (Steven Ponsford), Gopak (Mussorgsky, arr. Jim Whatsize) and Salvation’s Song (William Gordon).
The evening was considered a great success both financially and musically. Rick Wakeman was very generous in his sincere praise for the playing of the band.
Norwich Citadel Band web site, original report by Band Secretary Michael Whybrow