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Bravura: A tribute evening to Derick Kane

International Staff Band
Conductor: Dr Stephen Cobb
Featuring: Derick Kane, Stephen Kane
Regent Hall
Saturday 23rd March

Many former members of the International Staff Band were present for a memorable evening marking Derick Kane's 42 year tenure as solo euphonium of one of the world’s iconic brass bands.

Not surprisingly there were plenty of memories to share between the musical items, with Derick, Andrew Blyth and Stephen Cobb reflecting on a host of notable milestones.

The band opened with 'Faith is the Victory', before Derick performed Howard Evans' setting of 'When He Cometh' which he has often played at ISB Sunday morning meetings. 


Derick had selected the music to be played: Wilfred Heaton's imposing 'Toccata' followed by his rendition of 'The Better World'. First performed at the 1978 Congress, it has become his signature piece and favourite solo. 40 years on, he showed his enduring prowess with a fine rendition.

'What a Wonderful Day' slipped neatly into the required swing style, before the band moved on to 'Light-Walk', so innovative when first played at the Royal Albert Hall under Ray Bowes.

Bob Redhead's reflective 'I Will Follow Thee' preceded Eric Ball's 'Song of Courage' - still a stern test.

It was given a fine performance, with tasteful solos from Carl Nielsen (cornet), Jonathan Evans (euphonium) and Andrew Justice (trombone).

'Unconquered' opened the second half, before Derick led a rather brisk 'Cwm Rhondda'. Joined by his son Stephen, the duo played an arrangement of Andrew Maycock's 'Everywhere', and a version of Peter Graham's 'Glorious Ventures', incorporating some friendly competitive interaction between father and son.

Derick had selected the music to be played: Wilfred Heaton's imposing 'Toccata' followed by his rendition of 'The Better World'. First performed at the 1978 Congress, it has become his signature piece and favourite solo. 40 years on, he showed his enduring prowess with a fine rendition.

Wish me luck...

'Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral', which had made such an impression on Derick when first played at a Friday lunchtime rehearsal followed, before Peter Graham linked up for an impromptu duet based on 'Wish Me Luck as you Wave Me Goodbye'.

The lovely 'Jesus Loves Me' was followed by Derick and Stephen joining the ISB baritone and euphonium section in 'Swedish Hymn'.

The support given to Derick by his wife, Hazel, was recognised as Tom Nielsen presented her with a bouquet, with Derick receiving a framed montage depicting the various albums on which he had appeared as soloist. 

'Shine as the Light' and 'Praise', with Derick playing with his usual understated excellence rounded off a remarkable chapter of Salvationist music making.   

Peter Bale

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