On the weekend of 19 – 20 October 2013, the Hull Citadel Band (Bandmaster Jean Longwa) had the privilege of making their first visit to Hinckley Temple Corps, Leicester. After a wonderful welcome tea, the band presented a program to a large audience from Hinckley Temple as well as other corps in the area.
The band’s program included a mix of old and new, lively and reflective Salvation Army music. From a lovely song arrangement such as Such Love to the classic march On the King’s Highway, one could argue that there was something for everyone.
The soloists did not disappoint. Graham Mercer presented the beautiful solo Don’t Doubt Him Now and Major Stuart Barker offered The Swiss Melody. After the interval, Chris Dixon played The Saviour’s Name (Erik Silfverberg).
The band’s major work for the evening was On the Road (Howard Davies). Performances of The Salvation Army Patrol and Shine on Us were exciting and well-received by the audience. Other highlights included Wonderful Healer (Dean Goffin) and A Suite of Thanksgiving (Ralph Pearce).
On Sunday morning, the band participated in worship, which was led by Bandsman Stuart Sorrie. The weekend concluded with an afternoon program. William Broughton’s Roll Call got this off to a lively start. Solos were presented by Clive Boyes and Mike Kerridge. Graham Mercer and Adrian Dunn presented the duet The Happy Warriors.
To conclude a time of reflection from Major Barker, the band played The Hill of Calvary (Bramwell Coles).
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