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Simon Birkett

The International Staff Band is both saddened and shocked at the sudden passing of Simon Birkett. Simon played a significant part within the life of the band, both as a player and in his willingness, in more recent years, to help with many of the more practical matters that allowed the band's overseas visits to take place with minimal hindrance. Simon also gave valuable support when the band met to produce recordings of its music.

We thank God for Simon, for his commitment to the ministry of the ISB and we join with others in assuring Rosie and the family of our prayers in these sad days.

ISB Prelude on 'Lavenham'

Several years ago Geoffrey Nobes, former Bandmaster of Portsmouth Citadel Band, composed a tune to words by hymn writer Nick Fawcett.
He dedicated this arrangement to the memory of his friend Bandmaster Derek Wilding of Lavenham Corps.