The band has completed another highly successful Annual Pre-Contest Festival. Held in the impressive surroundings of the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at The Royal College of Music, an appreciative crowd was treated to superlative music making from guest trombone soloist Brett Baker and the band on top form. Brett (pictured right), featured a number of items from his latest CD, on which he is accompanied by the band, and which was released at the festival. Solo works by Andrew Mackereth and Martin Cordner were included in the programme.
The band presented a number of major new compositions by Dorothy Gates and Roger Trigg as well as Fire in the Blood by Paul Lovatt-Cooper. Daystar by Ray Steadman-Allen provided a more traditional counterpoint.
The programme and reviews of the evening are available to download from the Events archive page.
See the Recordings page for
details of the new CD Novus Vox.
The band has presented another successful Proms Night at Broxbourne Civic Hall with the theme Music from the Movies. The band was once again joined by the excellent vocal group ffourtissimo. The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly a presentation of a silent movie, made in 1909, entitled The Salvation Army Lass to a new score for brass band composed by Dorothy Gates. The full programme is available to view from the Events Archive page.
The band has completed a short visit to Switzerland as guests of the Christlichen Musikverbands Schweiz. Programmes were presented to enthusiastic crowds in Amriswil, Langnau and Zurich . A tour diary, programmes and pictures from the trip are available to view from the Events Archive page.
We are pleased to welcome Nathan Cole and Andrew Lofthouse into the band. Nathan joins us from Bristol Easton, where he was bandmaster, and takes a place in the percussion section. Andrew is currently serving with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and has transferred from Hendon to play solo cornet.
The band has completed a busy weekend recording a new CD of trombone solos featuring Black Dyke principal Brett Baker (pictured right with Bandmaster Jonathan Corry and producer Richard Scott – click on the picture to enlarge). The recording is made up of solos from the recent Salvation Army repertoire from composers such as Kenneth Downie, Andrew Mackereth and Dudley Bright. The CD, which has the working title Vox Novus or ‘New Voice’, will be launched at the band’s Pre-Contest Festival in October, when Brett will be the guest soloist.
The band has taken part in another successful Annual Spring Festival. In the latest in this series of popular local events, the band was supported by our own songster brigade and guest cornet soloist Craig Kilgour. Craig hails from Glasgow Govan but is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and plays with the world famous Black Dyke Band. He thrilled the audience with his mature renditions of technical and lyrical solos alike.
Congratulations to Simon Jenkins on his marriage to Debbie Crane. Simon and Debbie have settled in Reading so Simon has left the band following 20 years’ service. James Shepherd has also left the band following a change in work circumstances but we still hope to see James playing with the band from time to time.
The band has taken part in the 13th Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Concert in Chelmsford. This was another inspirational evening with guest vocal soloist Jared Littlewood and compere Sadie Nine from BBC Essex. Over £1000 was raised for the work of this hardworking charity.
The band has completed its first engagement of the new year with a vist to Hednesford in the West Midlands to help the local corps celebrate its 131st anniversary. An appreciative audience heard the band provide a varied programme which was enthusiastically compered by Major Derek Tyrell, the leader for the weekend.