A volunteer brass band from Toronto, Canada, is set to tour England, Wales and Northern Ireland in May 2013, raising funds for a charity’s local and international projects, and will perform a partnership concert with contesting brass band Cory Band at Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, Wales.
North York Temple Salvation Army Band comprises members of the corps in Toronto, Canada, who will be performing concerts that raise money for The Salvation Army’s work.
A number of the musicians are also expatriates, returning home for the band’s tour. Among them is Bandmaster Glenn Barlow. The bandmaster was born in England, attended The Salvation Army’s Enfield corps and has a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
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He said: “There is a high level of musicianship in the band but that is not our sole purpose. The purpose of our tour is to use our music-making to introduce people to God and raise awareness of the great work carried out by The Salvation Army. Historically, The Salvation Army has used music to attract people’s attention to the Church; it has also raised funds through concerts to help continue that work.”
Dean Jones, who is co-ordinating the tour, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming North York Temple Band as part of the band’s tour. While The Salvation Army is known for its music-making and work with marginalised and vulnerable people in this country, the band’s visit will also provide an excellent opportunity to hear more about the Army’s work in Canada as various communities meet with the band.”
For more details of the tour, click here to visit the North York Temple Band's website.