The “Toy and Tins” concert held on Friday, 21 September 2012, at the Halls in Norwich (formerly known as St. Andrew’s Hall) featured the Norwich Citadel Band (Bandmaster Richard Woodrow), the Broadland Singers (Conductor Carol Tims) with harp soloist Zoe Rasmussen and organist Patrick Hawse. The evening was ably compèred by presenter Nick Conrad from BBC Radio Norfolk.
The concert was a fundraiser for the “Toys and Tins” annual appeal, originally conceived by Norwich Citadel Corps and organized jointly by the Salvation Army and BBC Radio Norfolk. On the run up to Christmas, the people of Norfolk are invited to donate gifts to be given to families where there is a particular need. Food and one or two luzury items, like chocolates, also help make someone less fortunate enjoy a better Christmas.
Despite a somewhat disappointing audience in terms of numbers, those who gathered were captivated by the sheer sound and dexterity of Rasmussen’s harp playing. Patrick Hawse, when interviewed by Nick Conrad, spoke about being commissioned to write A Highgrove Suite by HRH The Prince of Wales before offering a masterly performance of Widor’s Toccata as well as a performance of his own Toccata.
The Broadland Singers performed nine songs, including favorites by John Rutter and Wherever You Are, made famous by the Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone.
Norwich Citadel Band contributed Hallelujah!, Heavenward, Swedish Folk Song, Train of Fire, Celebrate and Sing and Servants of God, concluding with South Shields Celebration.
Norwich Citadel Band web site, original report by Band Secretary Michael Whybrow