Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Don Jenkins) returned to St. John’s, Smith Square, for this year’s Pre-Contest Festival. The concert featured James Fountain (cornet/trumpet) as guest soloist and Major Martin Cordner as compère, guest conductor, and featured composer.
Supporters of the Clarence Adoo Trust have announced that a new fundraising project will take place in 2017. The renowned Enfield Citadel Band, under the direction of guest conductor John Ward, will record a celebration of the music of Eric Ball. The featured soloist will be Kirsty Abbotts, principal cornet of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
Enfield Citadel Band was busy over the Remembrance weekend, some of its members more so than others. Songster Leader Andrew Lofthouse participated in the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall as part of his duty with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Young People’s Band Leader Simon Hicks was involved in the Remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph in London with the band of the Coldstream Guards.
Following their Pre-Contest Festival the previous Friday evening, Enfield Citadel Band were back at Enfield Citadel on Sunday, 9 October 2016 for the traditional Band Sunday. The meeting was lead by Enfield Citadel commanding officer Major Andrew Gaudion, with the theme “Thanking God for Music”.
For the 70th time, Enfield Citadel Band presented a Pre-Contest Festival before the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. This year’s concert was held at St. Pancras Church. The guest soloist was tenor horn virtuoso Owen Farr. The band was conducted by Iain Parkhouse of Croydon Citadel, who graciously stepped in after the recent departure of former bandmaster Jonathan Corry for a new appointment in the United States.
Enfield Citadel Band opened their 2016/2017 season on 1 October 2016 with a concert in the beautiful setting of Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. The band was under the guest leadership of Bandmaster Iain Parkhouse of the Croydon Citadel Band. The band was also pleased to have Derick Kane sitting in because of the absence of their usual principal euphonium.
The Enfield Citadel Band announced on 6 September 2016 that its Bandmaster, Dr. Jonathan Corry, has relinquished his leadership of the band and will be taking up an appointment as Director of Music and Gospel Arts for the Chicago Metropolitan Division in the USA Central Territory. No successor was immediately named for the conductor’s post at Enfield.
On 10 October 2014, the Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) presented its 68th annual Pre-Contest Festival. Guest soloist for this year’s concert was Philip Cobb, principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra. The event, which was compèred by Paul Hindmarsh, was also a tribute to retired Bandmaster James Williams MBE, celebrating his 70 years of association with Enfield Citadel Band.
On Saturday, 27 September 2014, Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) visited Brighton Congress Hall for a concert whihc featured several well-loved items from Salvation Army brass band literature, including works by Leslie Condon, Morley Calvert, Eric Ball and Dean Goffin.
The annual “Into Africa” concert, benefiting the Kenya Trust, was held at Staines on 14 June 2014. This year’s concert featured 14-year-old Isobel Daws (trombone) as guest soloist, with the Enfield Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) and Staines Songsters (Leader Samantha Turner).