On Friday, 5 October 2012, the [bclink id=”962″ target=”_blank”] (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) performed with special guest Richard Martin (trumpet) in a benefit concert for the Clarence Adoo Trust at the United Reformed Church in Stockton-on-Tees.
Clarence Adoo MBE first learned to play the cornet at The Salvation Army at the age of six, graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, and for twenty years was a noted soloist with many orchestras and other ensembles. He was sub-principal trumpet of the Northern Sinfonia orchestra in 1995 when he was tragically paralyzed from the shoulders down in an automobile accident. Despite his injuries, he remained active with the Northern Sinfonia as Education Animatuer, visiting schools, colleges and other groups in the north of England for music workshops and other educational events. He has also been a strong advocate for disabled issues, and was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2012.
The guest soloist for this occasion, Richard Martin, has ties to both The Salvation Army and Northern Sinfonia. Martin began playing cornet at Yeovil Temple, and then attended the Royal College of Music in London, at which time he became a member of the Enfield Citadel Band, serving with that group for eleven years. In 1984, he became a freelance trumpet soloist, and in 1986 joined The English Brass Ensemble. In 1992, he became principal trumpet of Northern Sinfonia, where he was connected with his colleague, Clarence Adoo.
The benefit concert in Stockton-on-Tees started off with the festival march Faith Is the Victory (James Curnow), followed by a change of mood (listed in the program as a “Prelude to Prayer”) with David Catherwood’s Spirit of Life. The concert continued with a classical transcription, Overture to “The Magic Flute” (W. A. Mozart, trans. Michael Kenyon).
The first offering from Richard Martin was one of the classic cornet solos in the Salvation Army repertoire, Songs in the Heart (Erik Leidzén). Following the band’s presentation of Wondrous Cross (Philip Wilby), Martin returned with the lyrical solo Someone Cares (John Larsson, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen). The band concluded the first half of the event with Kevin Norbury’s Partita on “St. Theodulph”.
Following the interval, the band brought the audience back in with Rosehill (Albert Jakeway). The trombone section was featured in the next item, The Cleansing Power (Stephen Bulla), and then Richard Martin returned with the challenging Concertpiece for Cornet (James Curnow).
The band continued the concert with two more items, Peter Graham’s cheerful Dance before the Lord and then, moving to a more contemplative and devotional mood, In Perfect Peace (Kenneth Downie), which led into a Scripture reading.
The concert concluded with two more items from the prolific pen of Peter Graham. First, Martin again joined the band for the virtuoso solo Whirlwind. Then the band ended the concert with one of the seminal pieces of recent brass band literature, Shine As the Light.
[bclink id=”962″ target=”_blank”] web site, PDF copy of the concert program