Noted cornet soloist David Daws proved to be as inspiring a guest as could be hoped for when he visited with the Oslo Temple Band (Bandmaster Philip Hannevik) on the last weekend of January, 2005. Daws gave freely and openly of his experience and thoughts regarding performing and his service as a Salvationist bandsman through rehearsals, a concert and a Saturday afternoon master class. During the master class, he both discussed and demonstrated practice techniques, and also took time for open instruction of four brave local soloists. On Sunday morning, Daws participated in the morning worship service at Oslo Temple, playing ’Mid All the Traffic.
On Sunday afternoon, an expectant crowd gathered to listen to a favorite performer many of them had only heard on recordings. The Temple Band opened the concert with William Himes’ festival march Motivation and a meditation by David Catherwood, Come Home. Bandmaster Philip Hannevik then introduced the guest soloist for the evening, who presented Golden Slippers (Norman Bearcroft) as his first item of the evening. This old favorite solo, based on a Negro spiritual, was a great start and showed that Daws was in top form for the evening.
The concert continued with two more items from the Temple Band, one of the Salvation Army’s classic works, The Triumph of Peace (Eric Ball) and a new light work from Scandinavian composer Erik Silfverberg, Tomado de la Mano, accompanied by a multimedia presentation showing images from the band’s recent eleven-day tour of Chile.
A major highlight of the evening was the world premiere of a new cornet solo written for Daws by Major Terry Camsey, entitled Happy Land. This virtuoso solo proved to be a real crowd-pleaser. It was immediately followed by another, unannounced solo – Fill the World with Glory (Andrew Wainwright).
After a short interval, during which the audience had the opportunity to get a cup of coffee and buy one of Daws’ CDs, the Temple Band opened the second half of the program with the Norwegian bridal march Bruremasrsj (Jan Magne Førde). Daws then gave a personal testimony and played Lord, With My All I Part (arr. Martin Cordner), followed by Peter Graham’s Whirlwind.
The Oslo Temple Band was kept very busy throughout the evening, accompanying all seven of Daws’ solos in addition to their own contributions. For their final item of the evening, they chose Norwegian Salvationist composer Eilav Herikstad’s Husker Du?, a big-band style medley of Scandinavian evangelical songs and hymns. As the evening drew to a close, soloist and band came together for a last time for Carnival of Venice (arr. Mark Freeh) and When I Remember (David Catherwood). An enjoyable evening was brought to an end with Daws conducting the band in the final item, On the King’s Highway (Erik Leidzén). An appreciative audience gave David Daws a well-deserved standing ovation as, minutes after the end of the concert, he was rushed out of the hall to catch the last flight back to London.
Submitted by Andrew Hannevik