The band’s Annual Pre-Contest Festival 2012 was once again a great success with guest soloist David Childs astounding the audience with his superlative playing. His solos included the virtuosic Endearing Young Charms and Song of the Brother as well as the lyrical Lament from Stabat Mater and On Winter Hill. He ended on a high note, literally, with The Hot Canary, a novelty item that brought the house down. The band excelled in items including The Golden Pen, Partita on St Theodolph and Shine as the Light. The progamme was ably compered by Paul Hindmarsh and the bible presentation was brought by Retired General Shaw Clifton. See the Events archive page to view the programme.
In early October, the band completed a successful visit to Glasgow to take part in the celebrations to mark the 130th Anniversary of Govan Citadel Band. The band provided a Saturday afternoon open air concert in Glasgow city centre before presenting a festival at Govan Citadel. The band also led Sunday morning and afternoon meetings at Govan before returning to London.
On the way to Scotland, the band stopped at Stockton-on-Tees on the Friday evening to take part in a concert in aid of the Clarence Adoo Trust. At this event, the band was joined by guest soloist and former band member Richard Martin, pictured right, who thrilled band and audience with his scintillating playing. Programmes from this weekend’s activities are available to view from the Events archive page. Videos from the weekend are available to view on the band’s YouTube page. Photographs from the concert at Stockton have been added to the Picture Gallery.
The band’s new CD The Bandsman’s Tale is available now. The title is taken from the music of the same name by Elgar Howarth and this is believed to be the first recording of this piece by a Salvation Army band. The CD also features two other large scale works in Song of the Eternal and Victorian Snapshots – On Ratcliff Highway as well as a number of solos and lighter pieces. The three major items are introduced by Retired General Shaw Clifton, former Commanding Officer at Enfield and great friend of the band. His insightful comments add significantly to the impact of the music on this ground breaking recording. A full track listing and ordering information is available from the Recordings page.
Paul Williams has left the band due to the pressure of his duties with the Band of the Scots Guards.
The band has completed another successful Summer Proms event at the local Broxbourne Civic Centre. With an Olympic theme, this year’s progamme featured music by John Williams as well as proms favourites such as Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Pomp and Circumstance. Guest soloists were the excellent vocal quartet ffourtissimo who provided music from a variety of genres, from Opera to Queen! The progammes from this and other events this year are available to view from the Events page.
We are pleased to welcome Jeremy Owen into the band. Jeremy has moved to Enfield from Staines although his home corps is Birmingham Citadel. He has taken up a place on the solo cornet section. Andre Price has left the band having moved to live in south London.
The band was privileged to meet up again with Lt Col Ray Steadman-Allen at a visit to St Mary Magdalene Church in South Holmwood, Surrey. The visit was at the invitation of the Reverend Barbara Steadman-Allen who is pictured above with the Colonel, Retired Bandmaster James Williams MBE and Bandmaster Jonathan Corry. The Colonel conducted the band in the classic march Rosehill bringing back memories, for some, of his time as bandmaster in the 1950s. The programme from this event is available to view from the Events page.
The band has completed a succesful partnership festival at Ipswich with the London Central Fellowship Band. The picture above features key participants at this event, from left to right: father and son Paul and David Baker, Major Graham Mizon, Bandmaster Jonathan Corry, Debbie Crane (vocal soloist), Bandmaster David Daws, Retired Bandmaster James Williams MBE and father and son Don and Simon Jenkins (click on the picture to enlarge). The programme from the evening is available to view from the Events page.
Excerpts from this concert are now on YouTube. Click on the logo below to view the Enfield Citadel Band YouTube page
Thomas Fountain, pictured right, was the guest cornet soloist at this year’s Annual Spring Festival held on Saturday, 31 March at the Enfield Baptist Church. This was the latest in the popular series of local events presented by Enfield Citadel Band and Songsters and featuring young, up and coming soloists from around the country. Thomas, following in the footsteps of his well-known father and elder brother, showed remarkable maturity in his playing, particularly in the melodic solos chosen. The programme was compered by Major James Williams and also featured a tribute to Lieut-Colonel Lincoln Parkhouse.
It is with great sadness that we report the promotion to glory of Lt Col Lincoln Parkhouse, the band’s Executive Officer, who passed away on Friday 16 March following a short illness. Lincoln was appointed as the band’s Executive Officer in 1996 when he retired to Enfield following more than thirty years service as a Salvation Army officer throughout England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. His enthusiasm, vitality and Christian sincerity have influenced countless people throughout his service. He will be greatly missed by the band, the Corps and in the wider community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ina and the family at this time.
The band took part in the rearranged Helen Rollason Charity Concert on Saturday 3 March with the vocal group, the Dedicated Divas. This was another successful event with over £1100 raised for this very worthwhile cause.
Tim Hynd has transferred to Castleford Citadel to be closer to his work with the Band of the RAF Regiment, based at RAF Cranfield in Lincolnshire.
Congratulations to Chris and Nataley Ford on the addition to their family of baby daughter Macey.