Music Festival at Hednesford Corps

The Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) presented a Festival of Music at Hednesford Corps on Saturday, 9 February 2013.

The concert began with the festival march Faith Is the Victory (James Curnow). The next piece, in contrast, was Evelyn Glennie’s A Little Prayer (arr. Robert Childs), with Matt Ingram as the baritone horn soloist.

Following a prayer and introductions, the concert continued with The Golden Pen (Wilfred Heaton, realized Paul Hindmarsh). Another of the band’s skilled soloists was featured next, Maurice Patterson (cornet) presenting Don’t Doubt Him Now (Leonard Ballantine, arr. Craig Woodland).

Peter Graham’s exuberant arrangement Dance before the Lord was up next, followed by the band’s long-time principal trombone, Andrew Justice, who played Blessed Assurance (William Himes). The first half of the program concluded with Kevin Norbury’s challenging Partita on St. Theodulph.

The second half got off to a rousing start with The Big Apple followed by Brindley Boon’s benchmark for traditional Salvation Army marches, Croydon Citadel. Euphonium soloist Paul Baker offered Lament from “Stabat Mater” (Karl Jenkins, arr. Andrew Wainwright & Robert Childs), followed by I Will Follow Him (Stole/Roma/Plante, arr. Goff Richards) featuring the trombone section.

After the reading of Scripture, the band continued in a devotional mood with Kenneth Downie’s meditation In Perfect Peace. The concert concluded with Dean Jones’ Glorifico Aeternum, which has rapidly become one of the new standards of the Salvation Army brass band literature.

Enfield Citadel Band web site, PDF scan of concert program