The London Central Fellowship Band (Bandmaster David Rudd) launched their latest recording with a concert at Regent Hall on 17 November 2018. Just under 300 people were in attendance for a fantastic night of music-making, raising funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Charity. All of the profits realized by Citadel Promotions, the producers, will benefit the hospital charity, leading to the title of the recording, Brass for GOSH.
The Ruddick Arts Centre, Edgbaston was the venue for the commencement of Birmingham Citadel Band’s 125th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, 22 September 2018. A weekend which, as it progressed, conjured up many happy memories of the band’s consistent ministry in Birmingham and further afield over the years.
The ISB (Bandmaster Dr. Stephen Cobb) began rehearsals for the new season on 5 September 2018. The band welcomed some new members, acknowledged the service of departing members, and welcomed visitor and former member Major George Whittingham.
The title of the program at Regent Hall Corps on 25 March 2017 was Fusion, one of many hints that the International Staff Band (Bandmaster Dr. Stephen Cobb) would be seen as never before. But no one could have been prepared for the wealth of music – traditional and contemporary, brass and vocal, played by musicians young and old.
The Birmingham Citadel Band (Bandmaster Gavin Lamplough) had three recording sessions in two days, 10 – 11 October 2014, for a new recording with is due out in December 2014. This recording is a mix of old and new, as the band recorded established classic repertoire from Dean Goffin and Bramwell Coles alongside new music from the pens of Paul Sharman and Martin Cordner.
Held this year on 9 October, the annual Expressions concert at Regent Hall is the brainchild of Bandmaster Steve Hanover. It heralds the start of the Brass Arts Festival, which complements the National Brass Band Championships. This year, guests for the evening were Majors Leonard and Heather Ballantine, and Charlie Green, vocal soloist.
The long-running series of brass band settings of songs based on Scripture continues with arrangements by Gash, Jones, Clarke, Feltwell, Browning, Venables, Sharman, Cordner, Mackereth, Shaw and Smith.
The latest edition of the Unity Series (for small ensembles and bands) features four items, with works by Noel Jones, Nicholas King, Paul Sharman and Trevor Worthington.