On Monday evening, 25 November 2013, Regent Hall Band participated in the Salvation Army’s Annual Carol Concert at Royal Albert Hall. Other participants included the International Staff Songsters, vocalist Lee Mead, a timbrel brigade combining performers from Staines and Regent Hall, actress Hannah Gordon, worship group Takasa (whose eldest member is 95) and celebrity chef Brian Turner (a former Salvationist).
Following an electrifying timbrel display to Christmas Joy (Erik Leidzén), the capacity audience joined enthusiastically in singing “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”. Seasonal offerings from Regent Hall Band ranged from the traditional I Wonder As I Wander and Deputy Bandmaster Paul Sharman’s arrangement On Christmas Night to the more contemporary Three Kings Swing. A special highlight was Lee Mead’s rendition of Blue Christmas, accompanied by the band, with occasional glorious unsubtle intervention by the trombone section.
In his message, Commissioner Clive Adams, the territorial commander, asked all to remember the essence of Christmas. Towards the conclusion, Regent Hall young people, dressed as angels, joined in a portrayal of the Nativity, while the band and the congregation joined in Silent Night. In these moments, all present remembered that Christmas is a time of fun and joy; it is also the time for remembering the gift of Jesus to the world.
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