A concert in aid of the Leslie Condon Trust was held at Gainsborough Citadel on 28 September 2013. Featuring musicians from the Anglia, East Midlands, Yorkshire and South West Divisions combined with members of the host corps band, the program featured Major Condon’s music. A large audience, including members of the local council, was present. Over £560 was raised for the Trust.
Major Ruth Condon, touched by the outpouring of generosity following her husband’s sudden promotion to Glory in December 1993, and the potential that this represented, set about establishing the Leslie Condon Trust which could be used to continue and expand their combined interest in both the spiritual and musical education of young Salvationists. The Trustees outlined the objectives as being:
“The provision of spiritual and musical education for young people not exceeding the age of 25 years, who originate from ‘Third World’ countries and developing Salvation Army Territories and are either affiliated to or are nominated by the Salvation Army.”
Since 1986, in a quiet way and with no flourish of publicity, the Trust has supported projects in all the main continents of the world and distributed many thousands of pounds to encourage schools of music and develop the training of groups and individuals.
The following Sunday morning, Dorothy Condon-Howard (Waterbeach Corps), Major Condon’s daughter, led the harvest celebration. Following morning worship, she gave an interesting presentation on “Life with my Dad”. This was interspersed with recordings of Major Condon singing such songs as Banners and Bonnets and He Took My Place, and instances of family music-making.
As well as the amount raised on Saturday night, a number of instruments were presented to the Trust. One of the comments heard from many present during the weekend was of Major Condon’s thoughtfulness and care for others.
The weekend was organized by Bandsman Peter Millest. The photos below are from the Saturday night concert.
Report by Alan Hair, submitted by Peter Millest