A new CD is now available from Enfield Citadel Young Peoples’ Band. Entitled More than a Song, the CD features a range of items for small band including a number of solos. The YP Band has excelled in recent years, under the able leadership of YP Bandleader Nicholas Samuel, and a number of the older members are now full members of the senior band. See the Recordings page for more information and to order your copy.
Congratulations are due to two of the band’s military bandsmen. Ralph Brill has gained a Masters Degree with distinction in Performance Psychology from Salford University. Simon Hicks has graduated from the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, gaining an award for best drill and deportment. Simon has been posted to the Band of the Army Air Corps based in Wiltshire but will still continue to play with the band when his Army duties allow.
We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Corry (pictured right) has joined the band. Jonathan has moved to north London from his home city of Belfast to take up a teaching post with the London Borough of Brent. He transfers to Enfield from Belfast Temple where he was deputy bandmaster. Jonathan studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music followed by a post graduate degree in conducting. He has worked with many of the country’s leading bands as a player and conductor, including Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick and Besses o’ th’ Barn, and has performed with the Ulster Orchestra. Jonathan has joined the solo cornet section at Enfield but will also be conducting the band in rehearsal and in special events, including the Pre-Contest Festival on 10th October. We offer Jonathan a warm welcome to Enfield.
Over the summer, a number of the younger members of the band excelled at music schools. Tim Hynd, Ben Horton, Adam Whitehead and Alexander Price all took leading roles at the UK Territorial Music School. James Shepherd spent five weeks in the USA Western Territory, firstly on the staff at Camp Ponderosa, Arizona and later as a student at the Western Music Institute in Malibu, California, where he was principal euphonum in the James Curnow Band and 1st baritone in the Institute Band.
The band has recently said farewell to Nicholas Samuel, who has entered the William Booth College for Officers, and Derek Ivory. We thank both Nick and Derek for their service to the band and wish them well for the future.
Philip Cobb will be featured as guest soloist at this year’s Annual Pre-Contest Festival. Philip, a member of the Hendon Salvation Army Band, is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the brightest, young trumpet stars on the London scene. He is currently a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has featured with many orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the London Symphony.
Andrew Blyth will compère the Pre-Contest Festival and, with his wife Sue, will lead Band Sunday meetings at Enfield. We have been very grateful to Andrew for his continued help in conducting the band in recent months even though he reliquished his position as bandmaster earlier in the year following a move away from the Enfield area. We look forward to meeting up with Andrew again over the contest weekend.
Congratulations to our YP Band Leader Nick Samuel on his marriage to Captain Heather Richardson (pictured right), who is currently associate officer at Hendon. Nick will be entering the William Booth College for Officers later this year.
We are pleased to welcome Chris Ford into the band. Chris, a percussionist, joins us from Chalk Farm. Congratulations are also due to Chris and his wife Nataley on the birth of their first baby Koby Lee.
Simon Hicks has moved from 2nd cornet to 1st cornet. Simon is currently training with the Corps of Army Music at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.
Derek Ivory has relinquished his position as Band Sergeant. We thank Derek for five years’ loyal service in that position.
With great regret we report that Andrew Blyth is to relinquish his position as bandmaster. Andrew has moved away from the Enfield area, following his recent marriage to Sue, and is now living in Lincoln. Andrew is continuing in his role in the music unit at Territorial Headquarters and will continue to conduct the band until a successor is appointed.