facebook twitter rss vimeo

*
banner

Enfield Citadel Band

Annual Pre-Contest Festival
Conductor: Jonathan Corry
Soloist: Brett Baker (trombone)
Royal College of Music
Friday 11th October

Enfield’s pre-contest festival got off to a ripping start with ‘Folk Festival’, taken at a cracking pace, although a slightly steadier tempo would perhaps have allowed more detail to be heard.

The band continued with ‘My Hope’, written by Roger Trigg, featuring the motif, E(nfield), C(itadel) and B(and).  

The original material was framed by references to ‘My Hope is Built on Nothing Less’, the tune ‘Hardy Norseman’ appearing in an augmented rhythm and minor mode, and Herbert Howell’s melody ‘Michael’, set to the words ‘All My Hope on God is Founded’.  

A portrait of the composer looked down on the band as they presented this impressive new work, which concluded with a ringing top D on soprano.

Brand new solos

Brett Baker was on top form as he joined in with some newly composed solos.  

Andrew Mackereth’s ‘Song of Joy’, based on the children’s chorus ‘He Loves Me Too’, was attractive, but also contained some fiendish passages for the soloist, with fearsome leaps and arpeggios, a smooth central section in the high register and a top G finish.

‘Home to Thee’, brought a moment of calm, before Brett premiered Martin Cordner’s ‘The Follower’.  

Inspired by the life of Isaac Watts, it depicted scenes from his early life, his involvement in the slave trade and his later conversion, with references to ‘Amazing Grace’.

There was much interplay as the band echoed phrases solo phrases, and a wide-ranging accompanied cadenza.

Congress commission revived

‘Daystar’ was written in 1978 but still sounded as fresh, comprising variants on the melody ‘Ascalon’, together with references to ‘My Saviour Suffered on the Tree’.  

The band caught the various moods of the music with some magnificent sounds.

High notes galore

Trumpeter Andrew Lofthouse took centre stage in ‘Gospel Brass Machine’, with the rest of the cornets joining him in a high-note extravaganza.  

More traditional fare came with the march ‘Mountain Camp’ - played considerably faster than is customary.

‘Sweet Hour of Prayer’ by Wilfred Heaton had been arranged for trombone and band by the evening’s compère, Paul Hindmarsh.  

The Enfield trio of Andrew Justice, Ben Horton and Stuart Horton then joined Brett in an up-tempo setting of ‘Jericho’, complete with neat James Bond quote!

Striking premiere

Dorothy Gates’ ‘Faith’ was prompted by her own experiences at a time of family illness and bereavement, with the melody ‘Keep on Believing’ appearing in the minor key.  

It featured some striking scoring, notably the ethereal use of percussion and muted cornets, whilst the final, affirmative section called on the players to stamp their feet as if marching.

A moment of reflection followed with ‘Here is the Place’, before Major Val Mylechreest likened the constancy of middle C to the central presence of God, and Brett brought a Latin American style setting of ‘His Provision’.

Impressive finale

The finale, which showed off the band to great effect, was ‘Fire in the Blood’, with excellent solo work from Maurice Patterson and Paul Baker in ‘You Know That We Love You’.  

All that remained was the traditional choreographed encore of ‘The Red Shield’

Peter Bale



The Marple Band - The Marple Band presents Music from Musicals

Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF


Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD


Blidworth Welfare Band - Organist Keith Hearnshaw

Saturday 23 June • St Andrews Church, The Green, Swanwick, Derbys DE55 1AN


Besses o' th' Barn Band - Charity Celebration Concert

Saturday 23 June • St Thomas Church, Warrington Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield WN4 9PL


York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ


Frampton on Severn Silver Band

June 22 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, particularly cornets, baritone and basses, but all are welcome. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.


Crewe Brass

June 22 • Crewe Brass currently have vacancies for Eb and BBb Bass, Baritone, and Cornet. We are a friendly, social first section band with a good mix of concerts and contests, and rehearse on Monday and Friday evenings in Shavington, Crewe.


Lydbrook Band

June 22 • Lydbrook Band are recruiting a 2nd Trombone to our join our Championship section band . This is a great opportunity to be part of the premier band in the Royal Forest of Dean.


Martin Heartfield

GGSM, ARCM, PGCE
Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist