Cornet soloist Craig Kilgour was the special guest for the annual Spring Festival of the [bclink id=”962″ target=”_blank”] (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry). The event, held on 6 April 2013 at [bclink id=”1036″ target=”_blank”], also featured the Enfield Citadel Songsters (Songster Leader Tina Shepherd).
The concert opened with contrasting items from the band, the festival march Faith Is the Victory (James Curnow) and the song arrangement It Is Jesus (Joy Webb, arr. James Wright). Following prayer and introductions, the band continued with another Curnow work, Saints of God.
The guest soloist for the festival, Craig Kilgour, is in his fourth year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music. Hailing from Ayr, Scotland, he has been associated with the renowned Black Dyke Band for several years, and has performed extensively with contesting bands and brass ensembles. His first offering of the evening was the solo Kim (Allan Street).
Two items from the Enfield Citadel Songsters were next, with We Saw Love (words Terry W. York, music Mark Blenkenship, arr. Andrew Blyth) and Lift Up the Cross (Dennis and Nan Allen). Craig Kilgour returned for his second solo, Before the Cross (Edward Gregson). The first half ended with Wilfred Heaton’s fantasy The Golden Pen (realized by Paul Hindmarsh).
The band opened the second half with The Big Apple, after which the songsters returned with two more items, The Majesty and Glory of Your Name (words Linda Lee Johnson, music Tom Fettke) and Bound for the Promised Land (words Samuel Stennet, music arr. Norman Bearcroft). The band offered the classic march Croydon Citadel (Brindley Boon) next. The guest soloist presented his final item of the evening, the challenging and exciting Whirlwind (Peter Graham).
A devotional mood was struck with a Scripture reading, followed by the band playing Kenneth Downie’s meditation Jesus Answers Prayer. The concert came to a rousing conclusion with a major work by Dean Jones, Glorifico Aeternum.
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