The Solent Fellowship Band (Bandmaster John Bird) presented a concert at the Isle of Wight Salvation Army Corps on Friday, 11 November 2011.
The concert commenced with two compositions by Steven Ponsford, Praise Party and Wonderful Day, followed in contrast by A Little Prayer (Evelyn Glennie, arr. Robert Childs).
Major Keith Wallis (corps officer, Isle of Wight) welcomed everyone to the concert after which the band played Selection from “Jesus Folk” (Ray Steadman-Allen).
The program included a number of individual items. Steve Jones (principal trombone) presented Count Your Blessings (Brindley Boon). Callam Carter (principal tenor horn) contributed Derek Jordan’s arrangement of the Rondo from Mozart’s fourth horn concerto. The vocal solo He Took My Place was sung by Adrian Griffiths. The Trumpet Shall Sound featured Tony Unwin (euphonium) and Aubrey Ford (soprano cornet).
Bandmaster Bird included in the program an Armistice Day tribute, featuring appropriate readings with the playing of Hymn to the Fallen (John Williams, arr. Klass van der Woude) and I Vow to Thee, My Country (Gustav Holst, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen).
The band’s first-ever visit to the Island presented an opportunity for the Corps Timbrels to join in Star Lake (Eric Ball). Two band songs were included in the program and Deputy Bandmaster David Samuels conducted The Blessing (William Himes).
Major Derek Smith read from Scripture before the band played Dean Goffin’s meditation The Light of the World.
The concert concluded with the timbrels, band and congregation uniting for Erik Silfverberg’s march Fill the World with Music. Major Wallis then thanked everyone for their attendance and pronounced the benediction.
Submitted by Tony Unwin, Solent Fellowship Band press officer