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Birmingham Citadel Band presented a concert of Christmas music at Wylde Green United Reform Church.  A capacity audience gathered to hear BCB start the concert with Peter Graham’s exciting march “The Wonder of Christmas”.  Compered by Allister du Plessis, BCB’s programme was punctuated with scripture readings and carols.


Due to a prior work commitment, Bandmaster Graham Lamplough was unable to be there and so Deputy Bandmaster Mark Sharman conducted the band.  The programme included popular festive favourites including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride”, as well Salvation Army Christmas classics such as the march “The Spirit of Christmas”.  Recent arrangements by Steven Ponsford and Philip Rayment of familiar carols “O come O come Immanuel” and “See amid the Winter’s snow” respectively, provided contemporary musical styles as contrast.

The band’s performance of Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s “A Christmas Finale” was particularly well received by a most appreciative audience.  The concert proved to be a wonderful evening of festive music and proceeds from the concert were donated to the Leprosy Mission.

Photograph: Graham Daff

Birmingham Citadel Band

The Wonder of Christmas


Opening Carol O Come All Ye Faithful


Reading: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7


Birmingham Citadel Band

A Christmas Finale


Reading: John 1:1-14


Carol Silent Night, Holy Night


Reading: Luke 2:1-7


Birmingham Citadel Band

Sweet Little Jesus Boy



Carol O Little Town of Bethlehem


Short presentation on The Leprosy Mission

Allister du Plessis


Carol Once in Royal David’s City


Reading: Luke 2:8-20


Birmingham Citadel Band

Winters Snow

Sleigh Ride


Carol While Shepherds Watched


A Poem for Christmas

read by Allister du Plessis


Carol Joy to the World


Vote of thanks


Carol Hark the Herald Angels Sing


Birmingham Citadel Band

The Spirit of Christmas

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