It's 2020 - Celebrating a decade of music
With the first few weeks of January safely behind us, we've been chatting in the office about some of our highlights from the past decade. SP&S have had some fantastic releases in the last 10 years, from concert recordings, to composer tributes, compilations, and milestone celebrations. In this blog, we present a list of our favourite albums - let us know if we've missed one of yours!
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The Salvation Army has a long history of holding big events at the Royal Albert Hall
and this album series featured just a handful of musical highlights from over the years
including performances by The International Staff Band and international
touring sections from as far back as 1965.
The final album in the celebrated series of favourite Salvation Army
vocal music by the world famous King’s Singers.
Featuring Sue Blyth’s powerful soprano voice, this recording reflects a
journey to 'wholeness'; a journey of realisation that God's grace
is bigger than we could ever dream it to be.
This beautiful box set captured the momentous occasion of The 120th Anniversary
Weekend of The International Staff Band featuring highlights from the Staff Bands
in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall as well as the massed bands marching down
The Mall and other behind the scenes footage and interviews from an iconic weekend.
This re-mastered collection of hits by The Joystrings is a trip down memory lane,
celebrating one of the earliest pioneers of contemporary Christian music.
Enfield Citadel Band have been at the forefront of creative innovation
in Salvationist banding communities for many decades and this recording
showcases a programme which exploits the band's rich bonds
and links with composers and arrangers.
In celebrating its 125th year, this album from the New York Staff Band
salutes the past and embraces new music written especially for the occasion.
This album is a snapshot in time of The International Staff Band’s repertoire, featuring studio
recordings of the many new compositions which were first heard at the
ISB120 event including the ever popular title track, Fire in the Blood.
When they were inaugurated in 1980, The International Staff Songsters were charged with
presenting the “heart songs” of The Salvation Army and this remains a priority for the
group to this day. This album includes songs spanning 80 years representing personal
testimonies and family favourites of those the ISS encounter up and down the country.
A diverse album of contemporary songs from Birmingham Citadel Songsters.
A compilation celebrating one of the most prominent musical families
in the history of The Salvation Army, featuring several
generations of the talented Cobb family.
New big band style arrangements from Kevin Larsson of some classic Gowans & Larsson
musical numbers featuring a range of vocalists from around The Salvation Army.
Another innovative recording from Enfield Citadel Band which includes the
1909 black and white film “The Salvation Army Lass” with
new soundtrack by Dorothy Gates.
The Salvation Army’s very own superstar Charlie Green came to prominence in the TV show ‘Britain’s got talent’
and now tours the world. Here he presents an album of contemporary Christian music
featuring a wide range of styles – there’s something for everyone!
A review of the decade would not be complete without mentioning The Salvation Army’s Boundless International Congress
at the 02 Arena in London which celebrated the 150th Anniversary of The SA. SP&S was at the week-long event with
a giant pop up shop as well as creating DVDs of the sessions and concerts which were available just hours
after each event’s conclusion, many of which are still available.
Recorded in preparation for the Melbourne Staff Band’s visit
to the Boundless International Congress.
The first ever recording by The International Staff Songsters was re-issued
in time for the Boundless International Congress.
The Household Troops Band seek to connect to the wider community in new and
innovative ways and this album contains an enjoyable mix of popular songs
from both Salvation Army and secular musicals.
The poetry of General John Gowans is featured on this album by The International Staff Songsters
which serves as a well-deserved tribute to this master lyricist.
A landmark solo recording from one of the world’s finest trumpet players,
Philip Cobb, accompanied by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
The debut album from The Salvation Army’s own boy band FourHymn, this also
marked the first SP&S release available in 96kHz/24bit high resolution audio.
Music has such an important role to play in Christian Festivals and this
compilation album seeks to support reflections on the Easter story.
This album is representative of a weekend with the ISB, featuring new
upbeat concert items alongside music of a devotional nature.
Govan Citadel Songsters marked their centenary with a new
recording, celebrating the past and anticipating the future.
The first Christmas recording from The International Staff Songsters since 2005,
this album features a mix of recognisable carols and tunes
alongside a number of new Christmas songs.
In partnership with THQ we have created piano accompaniments for all 958 tunes
in the new Salvation Army Tune Book. Available to download or on USB stick, this
is proving to be a valuable resource for Salvation Army corps around the world.
2019 marked the retirement of Derick Kane from the ISB after 42 years
of loyal service. This compilation celebrates his unique quality and
consistency featuring personal favourites from his time in the band.
2019 saw the release of two download only singles from contemporary worship group
Meraki, a cover of the song Faith plus their own original track
He’s My Guide which is sure to become a firm favourite.
Recorded to celebrate the centenary of Sunderland Millfield Songsters, this album
features several tracks written especially to mark this significant milestone
and includes guest performances from Charlie Green and Abigail Johnson.