From the opening march, Montreal Citadel, to the closing march, Mighty to Save, the South London Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Major George Whittingham) provided a varied and much-appreciated program on their 17th visit to Eastbourne Citadel on 13 July 2013. The concert was one of the final events with Major Whittingham conducting prior to his retirement from the Fellowship Band.
Items included To God Be the Glory, A London Celebration and Melodies of Dvorak. A stirring arrangement for male voices of Sound the Battle Cry added to the variety of the program.
As usual, the band featured several of its fine soloists. Alan Moyse (cornet), Adrian Horwood (euphonium) and Maurice Horwood (trombone) each showed both sensitive and technical skill with their solos I’d Rather Have Jesus, Euphony and Hold Thou My Hand, respectively.
During the evening, tributes were paid to Don Middleton (Eastbourne Citadel) and Bram Chestney (Hadleigh Temple), both recently promoted to Glory, with the selections The Compassionate Christ and To a Wild Rose. These were favorite items of the two well-loved, respected and sorely missed members of the Fellowship Band.
For many, the highlight of the evening was the competent and scintillating performance of 12-year-old Thomas Neilsen, who presented the cornet solos Hosanna and Zelda.
On a warm, balmy evening the South London Fellowship Band once again gave an appreciative audience an evening to remember.
South London Fellowship Band web site, original report by Major David M. Squirrell, corps officer, Eastbourne Citadel