On 1 November 2012, as another busy year for the Birmingham Citadel Band (Bandmaster Gavin Lamplough) drew to an end, the band exchanged its weekly rehearsal for a concert in Sutton Coldfield’s United Reform Church. This concert, organized by friend of the band Allister du Plessis, was in aid of the Leprosy Mission and a full hall awaited the band as they took their seats.
From the opening sounds of May Jesus Christ Be Praised to the final bars of The Liberator, the large audience enthusiastically received all that the band had to present. The prolonged applause following Fire in the Blood reflected the audience’s enjoyment of the varied program.
The band’s soloists were in fine form and reflected spiritual sincerity, technical brilliance, beauty of tone and sheer entertainment – something for everyone.
Karen Farmer gave a poignant thought, asking the audience, “When was the last time you were amazed?” This lead into the band’s presentation of Amazed! (Paul Sharman), which references the words “I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus,” a suitable answer to Farmer’s question.
The audience conveyed many messages of appreciation for the music and message presented by the band during the concert. The full program is listed below.
- May Jesus Christ Be Praised (William Gordon)
- Green Hill (Norman Bearcroft), Neil Blessett, horn
- The Golden Pen (Wilfred Heaton)
- Life Up Your Voice (Stephen Bulla)
- Somebody Prayed Mark Sharman, trombone
- Amazed! (Paul Sharman)
- Shall We Gather (Leonard Ballantine)
- Shalom (Erik Silfverberg)
- Harlequin (Philip Sparke), David Taylor, euphonium
- The Bare Necessities (arr. Baker), Edward Dixon, tuba
- The Water Is Wide (Byles)
- Fire in the Blood (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
- The Liberator (George Marshall)
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