Govan 130th Features Enfield

The Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) journeyed to Scotland, where they were the featured guests for the 130th Anniversary celebrations at Govan Citadel, on 6 – 7 October 2012.

The Saturday evening program began with James Curnow’s festival march Faith Is the Victory, followed by the song arrangement They Shall Come from the East (John Larsson, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen). Following prayer, introductions and a congregational song, the concert continued with the “march fantasy” The Golden Pen (Wilfred Heaton, realized by Paul Hindmarsh).

As always, Enfield Citadel Band featured several fine soloists. The first of these for the evening was Maurice Patterson (cornet), who offered Elgar’s Ave Verum (arr. Ralph Pearce). The next item was Peter Graham’s joyous Dance before the Lord.

The final item of the first half was one of the hallmark pieces of the prolific career of Ray Steadman-Allen, Victorian Snapshots: On Ratcliff Highway. Painting a vast canvas showing the conditions in which the Salvation Army began in the East End of London, this extensive work showcases the composer’s mastery of texture, timbre and color throughout the brass band.

The second half began with the classic march Rosehill (Albert Jakeway). Two more of the band’s soloists were then featured. Andrew Justice has served as principal trombone for many years; on this evening, he played Rejoice (Roger Trigg). In a more lyrical vein, Paul Baker presented Lament from “Stabat Mater” (Karl Jenkins, arr. Wainwright and Childs). Next, an entire section of the band was featured, with the trombones leading the way in I Will Follow Him (arr. Goff Richards).

Bringing the festival into a more contemplative mood, the band played Kenneth Downie’s meditation In Perfect Peace, which was followed by a reading. The concert concluded with an item which has become a classic of newer Salvation Army brass band literature, the ground-breaking Shine As the Light (Peter Graham).

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