Vision Brass is an ensemble of Salvationist instrumentalists. Originally formed to undertake a weekend visit to the South-West of England back in 2001, the group has remained together and undertaken many engagements since its formation. Their first CD recording, Amazing Grace, has recently been released, and it’s a really enjoyable production.

The choice of repertoire extends from Bach to The Beatles and from Mouret and Mozart to Mackereth, with many interesting inclusions in between. From the first note of a scaled down version of Ray Farr’s arrangement of the Bach D Minor Toccata, one is aware of good, clear sounds and a lively acoustic that really suits the character of the group. With devotional items like He Is Lord and Fall Afresh contrasted with marches like Manhattan and Star Lake the programme content offers this talented group excellent opportunities to demonstrate their skill and versatility. Brass players will enjoy the inclusion of a few favourites from familiar non-SA repertoire, such as Mr. Jums (Philip Jones Brass Ensemble) and Just A Closer Walk (Canadian Brass), which also allows some effective jazz style work from the trumpets (as does Amazing Grace). There is also the classical favourite Rondeau by Mouret.

The inclusion of some vocal items from Stephanie Lamplough further broadens the already wide appeal of this recording. Her presentations of Mozart’s Alleluia and Peter Graham’s Wonderful Day (both accompanied by the ensemble) and William Himes’ All That I Am (piano accompaniment) are tastefully delivered with a lovely pure sound and clear diction.

Inevitably with a small group, the limitations of available instruments for the presentation of scaled down full band items sometimes means that one doesn’t hear all that one expects to. There are a few such moments in the cleverly transcribed versions of Morley Calvert’s Canadian Folk Songs Suite, and Music Maker (Peter Graham’s selection of tunes by retired General John Larsson) but they do not really detract from the well controlled and accurately played performances. Also, the lighter texture of the small ensemble as opposed to the more familiar sound of a full band is refreshingly different

All in all, this recording delivers a well balanced programme of well performed music. The inclusion of significantly associated words in the sleeve notes emphasises an underlines the Christian ministry that this group brings with its music.  Is a really good CD that’s well worth a listen.

Kevin Ashman

Principal Cornet

International Staff Band of the Salvation Army


Vision Brass released “Amazing Grace” in 2007.  The CD includes a blend of Salvation Army and secular favourites from the brass ensemble repertoire.

Track List:

  1. 1.Toccata in D Minor

  2. 2.Holy Ground

  3. 3.Amazing Grace

  4. 4.Star Lake

  5. 5.Allelujah (with Stephanie Lamplough - Soprano)

  6. 6.Fall Afresh

  7. 7.Ask

  8. 8.Yesterday

  9. 9.Rondeau

  10. 10.Wonderful Day (with Stephanie Lamplough - Soprano)

  11. 11.He is Lord

  12. 12.Music Maker

  13. 13.Manhatten

  14. 14.Mr Jums

  15. 15.All That I Am (Stephanie Lamplough)

  16. 16.Canadian Folk-Song Suite

  17. 17.Just a Closer Walk

Vision Brass released “In His Joyful Service” in 2010.  The CD includes a blend of Salvation Army and secular favourites from the brass ensemble repertoire.

Track List:

  1. 1.Hillcrest

  2. 2.More than a Song

  3. 3.Glory, Look Away!

  4. 4.Prelude to Te Deum

  5. 5.Nothing But Thy Blood (with Stephanie Lamplough - Soprano)

  6. 6.Mighty to Save

  7. 7.When I’m 64

  8. 8.Shekinah

  9. 9.Santa Barbara Sonata

  10. 10.I Dreamed a Dream (with Stephanie Lamplough - Soprano)

  11. 11.Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

  12. 12.Nearer My God to Thee

  13. 13.Written in Red

  14. 14.Queen of the Night Aria (with Stephanie Lamplough)

  15. 15.Gabriel’s Oboe

  16. 16.Kraken

  17. 17.In His Joyful Service