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125 year old International band to perform in Carlisle at the God for All event

The International Staff Band of the Salvation Army will perform in Carlisle

A weekend of music, with one event taking place in the historic Carlisle Cathedral, will see a 125 year old international band perform over the two days.

The premier brass band of The Salvation Army; the International Staff Band (ISB) will perform a mixed programme for all ages during the weekend of music which takes place on Saturday, October 26, and Sunday October 27.

The concert on Saturday, which begins at 7pm in Carlisle Cathedral, will see BBC Cumbria’s Richard Corrie chair the God For All event that seeks to bring a Christian message to the people of Cumbria and will see two hours of music making under the baton of the ISB’s leader Dr Stephen Cobb.

The events on Sunday will take place in the hall of The Salvation Army Carlisle’s church and community centre, located on Abbey Street, with two performances; 10:30am and 1:30pm.

The Salvation Army Carlisle will host the ISB for its first visit to the city which is a big honor for a church within the organisation which works in 131 countries worldwide. Captain Melanie Scoulding, joint leader of The Salvation Army Carlisle said: “It’s so rare for us to have a visit from such a high profile group and we will enjoy every moment of their visit.

“The ISB has been going for more than 125 years and only undertake one visit a month to churches and locations across the British Isles. They are The Salvation Army’s premier brass band in the world but also a great bunch of people and it’s such a privilege to have them with us for the weekend.”

The ISB began in 1891 solely featuring band members that worked for The Salvation Army and 20% of the band’s current membership are employees of the international church and charitable organisation with all being members of their local Salvation Army churches and bandmaster Stephen Cobb is the national Music Director for The Salvation Army in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Captain Scoulding added: “We know the music will be superb so anyone who loves music will enjoy the concert and the services. However, the musicians in the band do what they do not just for the love of music but first and foremost, the role of the ISB is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ so I just know this weekend is going to inspire us and everyone who comes into contact with the band.”

Entry to the event is by ticket only, which are free of charge, and can be obtained by contacting Kenneth Elliott on 01228 526503 or by emailing [email protected].

A retiring collection to help towards the costs of the event will be divided between The Salvation Army and Carlisle Cathedral.