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 exists to provide spiritual succour, and encouragement, through its music and witness within both The Salvation Army (SA) and the wider Christian Church. It believes that its music will bring light, life 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, Westminster Central 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 (twice) and the Netherlands have been undertaken.

The band presently meets for rehearsals in St Alban’s, where it prepares to perform an ongoing series of concerts, mainly 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.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic and the dramatic consequences experienced by us all, the band has been in a state of “suspended animation” since March 2020. As we approach July 2021 we look forward to the hoped for relaxation of restrictions and our return to normal activities. After a sequence of catch up rehearsals we hope to be able to revive some of the previously deferred concerts at the commencement of 2022.

Bandmaster David Rudd

Bandmaster David Rudd MA, LRAM

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 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.