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Introducing the London Central Fellowship Band

The London Central Fellowship Band is a group of Christians, mostly Salvationists, from around the London area. The band sees itself as an encourager within both The Salvation Army (SA) and the wider Christian Church. It prays that its music will bring encouragement and joy to those to whom it performs.

The band was formed in 1997 under the leadership of Roland Cobb, legendary past member of the SA’s International Staff Band and The Regimental Band of H.M. Welsh Guards. Since those early days the band has benefited from a succession of well respected conductors including Don Jenkins, David Daws and currently David Rudd. The band has performed at a number of prestigious venues including Birmingham Symphony Hall, BBC Broadcasting House Radio Theatre, Lambeth Palace and Windsor Castle. Its CD recordings have been featured in BBC Radio Two’s Listen to the Band programme and over the years successful tours to Sweden and the Netherlands have been undertaken.

The band presently meets in St Albans, where it rehearses to perform an ongoing series of concerts around London and the South East. Special projects undertaken recently have included a third CD, this in collaboration with GOSH (Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital) and a second visit to Stockholm. It is now working towards a summer 2020 visit to Durham Cathedral, Sunderland and Glasgow.

For the past five years the band has been directed by David Rudd MA, LRAM.

Bandmaster David Rudd

Bandmaster David Rudd

David Rudd began to play the cornet at the age of six at the Salvation Army in Portsmouth. During this time he attended many Salvation Army Music Schools and was the principal cornet of the territorial music school ‘A’ Band, and the Salvation Army’s Household Troops Band. He qualified with a BA in Music and English, an MA in Education and an M.Mus from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied the cornet and trumpet with James Watson.

On moving to the London area in 1990, he in time became Bandmaster of Hendon Salvation Army Band. In 2005 he was the inaugural conductor of the ‘Virtuosi Brass Band’ which premiered Andrew Wainwright’s arrangement for brass and voices of Karl Jenkins’ ‘Mass for Peace – The Armed Man’. David is a music teacher by profession, and is currently an Assistant Headteacher of the Chrysalis Multi Academy Trust in Harrow. He became the Bandmaster of the London Central Fellowship Band in 2015.