THE OFFICIAL SITE OF NORTH YORK TEMPLE BAND
Welcome to the website of NYTB. The band is
in the 2019/20 season now and it is as busy as ever. This season the band will be
playing in a variety of venues. From large church sanctuaries to small community centres,
the mission and focus never changes. That mission is to spread the gospel and share
the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ with everyone we come in contact with. Please
look around, watch a video, and find out when you can see us live. Thanks for
visiting and God bless!
Once again, the band was out in full force supporting the Easter weekend at North York Temple. This year’s Saturday evening concert featured the Canadian Staff Songsters. The band played “Risen Today” by Marcus Venables, “Cross-Rhytms” (Ponsford) and “Resurgam” by Eric Ball. In addition to the NYTband and CSS, the NYT Singing Company and Songsters participated in a few numbers. The evening came to a beautiful conclusion with a massed arrangement of “What a Beautiful Name”. This brought the packed house to their feet in praise and honour to the risen Saviour.
The band was once again busy at Christmas time. This year included the Christmas Spectacular at Tyndale Chapel in Toronto, as well as a carol sing-along at Christ Church Deer Park. These two events saw the traditional Willcocks carols come alive with the brass, organ and choir. It was a pleasure to work with the Amadeus Choir under the leadership of Lydia Adams, and the Christ Church Deer Park choir under the leadership of Matthew Otto. The bands primary item for both events was a new Christmas piece by Marcus Venables, “A Joyful Sound”.
In addition to these two concerts. The band was out caroling and supporting other musical events across the city.
The band entered somewhat uncharted territory in October. Hosting Classical Brass, an evening of all classically inspired music would be the first go of a concert of this genre for the band. The inclusion of 3 soloists, violinist Alessia Disimino, clarinetist Yasmeen Alli and vocalist Katelyn Bird, made this night even more out of the ordinary for NYTB. But the aim was the same as always; use the music as a ministry. The crowd was made up of many unfamiliar faces as well as faithful supporters of the band.
The music included transcriptions of Bach, Mozart, Wagner, and Rimsky-Korsakov. However, highlights included Alessia playing John Williams “Schindler’s List”, Katelyn singing “Climb Every Mountain”, and the band playing Themes from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”.
All three soloists in fact have some connection to North York Temple. With both Yasmeen and Alessia teaching at our summer camp, and Katelyn growing up singing in the Singing Company. We look forward to seeing continued success in their musical careers.
FINAL CONCERTS OF 2019
In October, the band hosted the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra for an evening of swing/jazz inspired music. This concert was new territory for the band, but it paid off with many new faces in the audience who came out for this unique concert. Some of the music included For the World (Creamer), Abram's Praise (Ballantine), and Swintime Religion (Gott) which was massed with the UTJO.
December would see the band as the guests alongside the Toronto Youth Choir, one of the best choirs in the city under the direction of Matthew Otto. This Christmas concert was at the St Andrew's Church in downtown Toronto. Along with many of the famous Willcocks carols, the band and choir performed a new transcription by bandsman Ryan Broughton of John Williams' Merry Christ, Merry Christmas (from Home Alone 2). The bands solo items included Carol of the Bells (Brooks) and Glory in the Highest (Venables).
The band had a few more farewells towards the end of last season. Longtime principal cornet and Songster leader Robert Venables along with Corps pianist Rhonda, moved to the Southern New England Division in Connecticut to take up the role of Divisional Music Directors for the Salvation Army.
David Hipperson who came to North York Temple back in 2008 and has been a vital part of the corps over that time, was accepted for training college in Winnipeg.
Melanie Pond (now Vincent!) got married in August to Stephen Vincent from Glenmore Temple in Calgary.
Captain Kim Chan, received a new appointment to Halifax as Divisional Secretary for Business.
While we will miss all of these individuals immensely, we are extremely proud of this new chapter for their lives and to see how the Lord will work in their ministry.