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Staines Corps

Let's Beat It!
Birmingham Citadel Band
Conductor: Gavin Lamplough
Vocalist: Abigail Johnson
Saturday 21st October

Birmingham Citadel Band featured in this charity concert in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund (above), who received a cheque for £1300 on the night with more to follow.

'Intrada, Bless the Lord' cleverly combined the traditional 'Stand up and Bless the Lord' with the contemporary 'Bless the Lord, O My Soul', aided by the hard-working percussion duo.  'Colne' preceded the 'Overture to the Magic Flute', which was well played, if a little heavy at times, with a nod to historical performance with the use of hard timpani sticks.

Vigour and energy

Abigail Johnson presented vocal items throughout the evening, accompanied by pianist Andrew Wicker. In her first slot, 'On the Rock' contrasted with 'Someone Like You' from the musical 'Jeckyll and Hyde', whilst later she set the simplicity of 'A change in Me' against the swing-style 'Now I belong to Jesus' .

'Undefeated' (Paul Sharman), uses the tune 'Pembroke' in a work full of vigour and energy.  Neil Blessett followed with the lovely horn solo 'King of Kings', written for him by Gavin and showing off his pure sound to good effect.

Wilfred Heaton's quirky ‘Glory, Glory!' closed the first half; the clashes between Salvation Army and bugle bands vividly portrayed before the tune 'Glory! Glory! Hallelujah' emerges triumphant.

Wilfred Heaton's quirky ‘Glory, Glory!' closed the first half; the clashes between Salvation Army and bugle bands vividly portrayed before the tune 'Glory! Glory! Hallelujah' emerges triumphant.

Sound easy

Deputy Bandmaster Mark Sharman led Steven Ponsford's lively 'Spirit of Discovery' before Martin Cordner employed Hollywood mode with 'Escape Velocity'.  David Taylor then made 'Auld Lang Syne' sound easy as he tackled Keith Wilkinson's increasingly complex variations, with frequent leaps into the pedal register, and a ringing top 'E' to finish.

The band entered into salsa mood for 'High Over All', with an array of congas, bongos and other toys before the reflective 'Everlasting Hope' , written in memory of former bandmaster Graham Lamplough.

After Major Adrian Allman's message and Abigail's singing of 'Blessings', the band played Martin Cordner's 'Adventurers', ending the evening on a fitting note of hope.  

The encore, 'On the King's Highway' (Leidzen), had just the right amount of razzmatazz, complete with glissandi from the trombones.
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