Birmingham Citadel Band @ City of Sounds Festival

Join the Birmingham Citadel Band for an evening of high quality brass band music on Sat 7 May featuring special guest compere and conductor William Himes (OF), soloists Derick Kane (euphonium) and Stephen Kane (baritone), with bandmaster Gavin R Lamplough.

7 May Citadel Band

We caught up with Bandmaster Gavin R Lamplough ahead of the concert to get a flavour of what audiences should expect.

Having performed here many times before, do you have any specifically fond memories of performing at Adrian Boult Hall?

We have had the great pleasure of sharing the stage with a number of well known guests including brass band stars Roger Webster and Phillip McCann and from the orchestral world LSO Principal Trumpet Phil Cobb and LSO trombonist Dudley Bright.
It is always a place that we are proud to invite celebrated guests to perform at and a venue that we are proud to have in our city.

What can audiences expect from the concert and what pieces will they hear?

This promises to be our best concert yet!  It’s going to be action packed with music from the band including established Brass Band repertoire and two world premieres, whilst Saint-Saen’s Marche Militaire Francaise reflects the many orchestral transcriptions that exist for Brass Band.

In addition we have two outstanding guest soloists.  Derrick Kane has been principal euphonium of the International Staff Band for 40 years and his son Stephen is currently the Baritone soloist with the number one ranked band in the world, The Cory Band.  But it doesn’t stop there!  Our third guest will be William Himes from Chicago, USA. Mr Himes is a world renowned composer, conductor and clinician and as well as being our guest compere for the evening the band will feature his music in the second half.

We will be playing a blend of his compositions that display his versatility as a writer. You’ll hear his marches, an extended work and even a piece for band and narrator!

Why have you selected those particular pieces?

Our programmes always aim to have “something for everyone”.  There are extended works alongside lighter entertainment pieces and there is always room for a meditative hymn tune setting for which Brass Bands are famous for!  We hope that there will be something to make you smile, something to inspire, moments to laugh and moments when you will be “challenged”.

For those who have not been to a brass band concert before, why should they come to this concert?

There is nothing quite like the sound of a brass band!  It is a group that has diversity and versatility at its core and this is reflected in our choice of repertoire.  We would urge people who have not been to a Brass Band concert before to come and give it a go and allow the Birmingham Citadel Band to take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions through our music.  We promise you won’t regret it!

Join the Birmingham Citadel Band on Sat 7 May at Adrian Boult Hall at 7pm as part of City of Sounds Festival. Tickets available from


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