A near capacity audience greeted the London Central Fellowship Band (Bandmaster David Daws) and the Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) for a joint concert at Ispwich Citadel on 21 April 2012.
Enfield Citadel Band opened the program with controlled and exciting performance of Robert Redhead’s A Fanfare of Praise. The bands alternated items, interspersed with comments from their respective bandmasters. The LCFB’s opening item was Take Over Bid (John Larsson, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen), evoking the early days of large-scale Salvation Army musicals.
Two soloists from the Fellowship Band were featured. Phil Fisher produced a warm, full tenor horn sound playing Demelza (Hugh Nash) and David Thomas (cornet) offered the Latin-style Chipaenacas (R. Mendez, arr. Keith Wilkinson). In addition, Debbie Crane added variety to the program with the vocal solo Now I Belong to Jesus (Norman J. Clayton, arr. William Broughton).
Enfield Citadel Band presented a foot-tapping rendition of Alan Fernie’s arrangement of Just a Closer Walk and ended the first half of the program with Kenneth Downie’s Purcell Variations.
The Fellowship Band played Kevin Norbury’s march Orwell Park to open the second half, a fitting choice since the park is just outside Ipswich and the march commemorates the regional music school held there in the past. The Fellowship Band also included some non-traditional fare with Hello, Dolly! (Jerry Herman) and Breezin’ Down Broadway (Goff Richards). The Enfield trombone section, led by principal Andrew Justice, was featured in I Will Follow Him (Stole/Roma/Plante, arr. Goff Richards), which will be familiar to many from the film “Sister Act”.
The bands united for the last few items of the concert. Following a short, thought-provoking address by Major Graham Mizon, they played Lord, with My All I Part. Retired Enfield Bandmaster James Williams took the baton for Erik Leidzén’s march In the King’s Service. The evening closed with the Fellowship Band playing the hymn tune “Worcester”. Of course, no evening with the Enfield Citadel Band would be complete without The Red Shield, with 2012 being the fiftieth anniversary of its first inclusion in the Enfield program.