Spring Festival 2017

Garry AmbroseNews

The band and songsters enjoyed a good evening at St Andrews church, Cuffley for our annual Spring Festival. For those who were not able to attend a copy of the programme is available to download here.

It was good to see many people from the local church community, people associated with the corps who had travelled the short distance from Enfield and others from further afield including retired Bandmaster John Mott.

We were delighted to have as our guest soloist this year Thomas Nielsen from Croydon. Thomas, despite is young age, is building a great reputation for himself as a soloist and principal cornet of the Territorial Youth Band and now as part of the solo cornet section of the National Youth Brass Band. He delighted and drew prolonged and deserved applause from the audience with Glory to his Name (E. Ball) and Miss Blue Bonnet (arr S. Smith) before switching to Flugelhorn for the Adagio from Concerto de Aranjuez (J Rodrigo).

The band were under the guest direction of Bandmaster Iain Parkhouse who lead the band through My God and King, Songs in the Morning, Maccabeus and Purpose. The latter being a first performance from the band as was our funky opening to the 2nd half, Hold that Fort!

The songsters under Songster Leader Andrew Lofthouse presented a well chosen and varied programme of music including Let there be Praise and Grant us thy peace. The latter sung a cappella. For other items they were accompanied by our Major Andrew Gaudion who also presented a bible reading before Bandmaster Don Jenkins led the band in The Quiet Heart which had formed an integral part of the bible presentation.