Remembrance Sunday 2022
As always it’s an immense privilege to be part of the City of Birmingham’s Remembrance Day service. This year, we were the only Band present so we provided all the Band Music and marches for the Services to parade past the Cenotaph.
BCB at the British Open
BCB were so pleased to participate in an event that we had greatly missed for the last two years.
On Saturday 10th September the Band once again played prior to the British Open Brass Contest at Symphony Hall Birmingham.
BCB "Together" with Tredegar Band
Following Tredegar Band's recent appearance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, this concert saw them provide the final instalment in the ‘Together’ series, following Gresley Colliery and Langley Bands in events aimed at broadening inclusive understanding and support through music.
BCB "Together" with The Langley Band
The second of our “Together” concerts took place at Cradley Heath SA, where we welcomed Langley Band under it’s MD Cliff Parker. For me it was an extra special evening as I am privileged to play in both BCB and Langley.
BCB at the European Open
BCB were delighted to be invited to be a part of the European Brass Band Championships held at Symphony Hall in Birmingham. The band took part as one of a number of bands who provided live music at an open air bandstand, specifically built for this event.
BCB "Together" with Gresley Colliery Band
After a long period of enforced but very necessary restrictions, how fantastic once again to be able to share with friends. For the anticipating and enthusiastic audience, away with the masks! Let’s get ‘Together’ in Concert.
This year BCB were delighted to back on the streets of Birmingham, spreading the message of Christmas to the city of Birmingham through carolling sessions throughout the city.
Remembrance Sunday 2021
BCB were back on the streets of Birmingham again on 14th November 2021, taking part in the City of Birmingham Remembrance Sunday Parade. We are privileged to be invited each year to take an active role in this event to honour the fallen and those have served their country in any way.
BCB Rehearsals during Covid-19
As restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic began to be relaxed, it became possible, with all necessary precautions in place, for BCB to start to meet together again in person.
Brass at Home
On Monday 5th April 2021, BCB were delighted to be able to join with the Regent Hall and Norwich Citadel Bands in their first ever online concert, streamed on the Youtube platform.
As the world adjusted to the restrictions enforced upon us as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fellowship that being part of a group such as BCB became very much more difficult yet even more important. We, as many others did, turned to the use of online tools such as Zoom as a way of keeping in contact with each other remotely to try and maintain those relationships that are such an important part of our fellowship and ministry.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
As part of BCB's online activities in order to maintain engagement with members past and present during the Covid-19 pandemic, we organised a number of 'trips down memory lane' to celebrate the long history and ministry of the band.
BCB Advent Calendar
As BCB was unable to take part in their normal Christmas Activities due to the ongoing global pandemic, we instead decided to put together an Advent Calendar of BCB performances new and old, in order to share the Christmas message through our Social Media Channels.
Like many similar groups, BCB is currently unable to function in its normal manner due to the current unprecedented events. However, we have no intention of allowing that to stop our important ministry. As a result, we have released YouTube videos featuring the band, accompanied by words and scripture that we hope will provide a blessing and comfort to you during this difficult time.
Like many similar groups, BCB is currently unable to function in its normal manner due to the current unprecedented events. However, we have no intention of allowing that to stop us sharing together.
25th January 2020 - A Night at the Proms
The theme for this year's Proms night was 'Space' in order to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Apollo 11 and the first moon landing. The programme featured music including 'Also Sprach Zarathrustra', 'Star Wars', 'Phoenix from War of the Worlds' and the march 'The Spacemen'.
Christmas, as is the case for many Salvation Army Bands, for BCB is a very busy but rewarding time of year. The band are fortunate to be given many varying opportunities to spread the message of the birth of Jesus to the people of our great city.
16th November - Swanbank Methodist Church
BCB made the short trip up to the Potteries in order to perform to the enthusiastic audience at Swanbank Methodist Church. The concert itself took the form of a more traditional BCB concert in the first half, followed by a Proms themed second half which celebrated 50 years since Apollo 11 and the first Moon landing.
18th/19th May 2019 - Weekend at Hendon SA
In May last year, Birmingham Citadel was blessed by the music and worship of Hendon Band as they visited our corps for a weekend of music and fellowship. This year, it was the turn of Birmingham Citadel Band, to spend a weekend at the Hendon Corps, once again sharing in music-making and fellowship with those in attendance.
23rd April 2019 - Easter Music Course
Birmingham Citadel Band were delighted to receive an invitation from the Salvation Army Music and Arts Department to participate in The Salvation Army UKI Adult Music Course, providing the evening entertainment on Tuesday night.
2nd March 2019 - A Night at the Proms - Derby Central
In addition to the familiar Proms music, such as “Fantasia on British Sea Songs”, Elgar’s March, “Pomp and Circumstance No.1”, “Rule Britannia” and “Jerusalem”, the band featured music based around the theme, ‘A Night at the Big Top’.
8th February 2019 - Medaille Trust - Refuge and Freedom from Modern Slavery
The Band were privileged to have recently taken part in a service at St Chads Cathedral in a service of Prayer for those involved with modern slavery and human trafficking providing support for hymns and background music during the service.
2nd February 2019 - A Night at the Proms
The band's annual Night at the Proms event was held in front of a packed and enthusiastic hall. This year's theme was 'A night at the Big Top' and the crowd were entertained before the concert even began by Mr Steve Kaos White who showed off his range of circus skills including juggling and stilt-walking to warm up the audience.
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