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.
This recording, including both brass and vocal music of Major Leslie Condon, features the Croydon Citadel Band (Bandmaster Iain Parkhouse), Regent Hall Songsters (Songster Leader Mark Walton), Les Neish (tuba) and Brett Baker (trombone).
A capacity crowd was at Regent Hall on 8 March 2014 for a concert honoring the late Major Leslie Condon and benefiting the Leslie Condon Trust. Performers included Croydon Citadel Band, Regent Hall Songsters, trombone soloist Brett Baker and tuba soloist Les Neish.