Matthew moved to Birmingham in September 2013 from Norwich, to study Trumpet at Birmingham Conservatoire. Since Graduating in 2017, Matthew now works as a freelance trumpet player and peripatetic music teacher, teaching in Birmingham, Shropshire and Stafford. As a freelance trumpet player, Matthew performs regularly across the UK and further afield as a Natural trumpet player, orchestral trumpeter and in pit bands. In terms of banding, Matthew is a member of the Household Troops Band, and has performed on Soprano with The GUS Band and Tredegar Band, most notably at the European Brass Band Championships in 2017. Matthew is also a former principal cornet of the Territorial Youth Band.
Family: Mum (Sarah), Dad (Stuart) and Sister (Bethany)
Current Employment: Freelance Trumpeter and Peripatetic Teacher
Hobbies: Eating and Sleeping
Favourite Food: Curry
Favourite Film: Far too many to list, love a good spoof film though!
Favourite Band Piece: Anything Heaton, RSA or Goffin.
Ian Kershaw originally hails from Lancashire and is a product of the Rochdale Corps. He is currently Birmingham Citadel Band’s Band Sergeant and, before playing Solo Cornet in the band, had a long and successful spell on Flugel Horn, featuring as a soloist with the band on a number of occasions.
Having worked in engineering for many years he has recently traded the life of a business consultant for working for the Salvation Army as a Community Coordinator at Cradley Heath Salvation Army, which is much closer to home. As an important part of his Salvation Army service he is the Chairman of “Lifework”, the trading arm of the Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisation.
Family: Wife (Donna) and two Sons (Ben and Tim)
Current Employment: Salvation Army - Resources and Facilities Coordinator for Employment Plus
Hobbies: Worcester Warriors, Gardening with my Wife
Favourite Food: “ ‘Tator ‘Ash”.....or Potato Pie without the crust for the rest of you!
Favourite Film: Young Frankinstein (Mel Brookes)
Favourite Band Piece: My Strength, My Tower and None Other Name
Harry joined Birmingham Citadel Band in 2016 having moved to Birmingham from South Wales to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Harry grew up at the Risca Salvation Army and was busy with Brass Bands from within the Salvation Army, the County Music Service and the Llwydcoed Brass Band.
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Nicola Redhead transferred to Birmingham Citadel in 2011 from the Blackburn Corps. A teacher by profession, Nicola is currently Head Teacher in a secondary school.
As well as being a member of Birmingham Citadel Band Nicola, is also a member of the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army. She plays Solo Cornet in the ISB and has been a member since the year 2000.
Family: Mum, 2 sisters (I suffer from middle child syndrome) and 2 nieces and 2 nephews.
Current Employment: Head Teacher in a Secondary school
Hobbies: Sport (playing and watching), traveling, and of course shopping!
Favourite Food: Easter eggs (only Cadbury's will do!) and brown sauce. Not together of course!
Favourite Film: Shawshank Redemption and Sleepers
Favourite Band Piece: Too difficult to narrow it down to a favourite, but at the risk of being predictable, I enjoy playing and listening to pieces by Leslie Condon, Eric Ball and Dean Goffin.
Rebekka joined Birmingham Citadel Band in 2016 having moved to Birmingham from her native Germany.
Family: Andrew (husband) plus extended family in the UK, parents (Ute & Achim) and sister (Ricarda) in Germany
Current Employment: HR Professional, Sandvik Holdings Ltd
Hobbies: Ballet dancing, visiting National Trust places
Favourite Food: Afternoon Tea (England), Mettbroetchen (Germany)
Favourite Film: Neil Gaiman's "Stardust"
Favourite Band Piece: "O Magnum Mysterium" (Lauridsen)