Christmas at Birmingham Symphony Hall

The Birmingham Citadel Band (Bandmaster Gavin Lamplough) was delighted to return to the magnificent auditorium of Symphony Hall in Birmingham on 9 December 2012 for the annual Christmas with the Salvation Army concert. The concert featured a large number of musicians from the Birmingham Citadel Corps in a varied program which was well-received by the large crowds, which were near capacity for the two performances. In addition to the musicians from the adult sections, the concert featured children from the Junior Band the the Singing Company, as well as over 200 young voices from Sandwell and Solihull Music Services.

The band featured Salvation Army Christmas classics, including Carolcade (Trevor Davis) and The Shining Star (Peter Graham). The band also featured two new works. Bandmaster Lamplough was once again asked to compose a finale for the concert, this year featuring the carol “Sweet Chiming Bells” (“Born to Set Thy People Free”). The band’s major work for the evening was a brand-new work by Steven Ponsford, Excelsis. This was met with prolonged applause, confirming the quality of this new piece.

At one point, everyone had the “pleasure” of three bandsmen heralding a fanfare on early trumpets – quite a sight and sound. The band also featured a soloist, bass trombonist Matthew Mynott, in his first solo with the band. He did a fine job on Frosty the Snowman and even included some choreography with a group of timbrelists who joined him on stage.

The band finished the concert with another march by Peter Graham, The Wonder of Christmas. It was another wonderful occasion and the band hopes that the real “reason for the season” was very clear in its presentation.

Birmingham Citadel Band