On Friday, 21 February 2014, the Solent Fellowship Band (Bandmaster John Bird) presented a concert at the Southampton Sholing Salvation Army Corps. The concert also featured Songster Leader Tracey Jones of the host corps.
The concert commenced with a march, South Coast (Martyn Thomas) and then, in contrast, Hine e Hine, a traditional New Zealand melody arranged by Peter Graham. The latter featured the a founder member of the band, Alex Manning, on flügelhorn.
Following a welcome by Major Mike Smith, corps officer, Southampton Sholing, and a congregational song and prayer, the band played Eric Ball’s selection Constant Trust.
Three of the band’s soloists were featured during the concert. Dan Redhead (principal euphonium) presented My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose (arr. Kenneth Downie). Derek Jordan’s arrangement of the Rondo from Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto was offered by Callam Carter (principal tenor horn). Finally, Steve Jones (principal trombone) gave a sensitive rendition of Share My Yoke (Joy Webb, arr. Ivor Bosanko), one of several items received in total silence by an appreciative audience. Bandmaster Bird continues to include the words associated with the band’s music in the printed concert program. This undoubtedly enhances the listening experience, particularly for attendees not familiar with Salvation Army songs.
Songster Leader Tracey Jones presented three vocal solo, including Shepherd of My Heart (Mark Baldwin and Dick Tunney), Precious Jesus (words Francis Bottome, music Marta Keen, arr. Jay Althouse) and In Heavens Eyes (Phill McHugh). She also joined with her nephew, Mark Jones, age 11, to sing Joy Webb’s Which Way.
Assistant Conductor David Samuels led the band in two contrasting melodies, Greensleeves (arr. Gordon Langford) and Pastorale (Goff Richards). Further band items included selected excerpts from Treasures from Tchaikovsky (arr. Bramwell Coles), Tritsch-Tratsch (Johann Strauss, arr. Alan Fernie) and Round-Up (Martin Cordner). The band also sang When Jesus Looked o’er Galilee (words Catherine Baird, music Ernest Fewster, arr. Leslie Condon).
The band played God Has Healed (Lorne Barry) to begin a time of reflection. This included words of Scripture and comment by Assistant Band Sergeant Trevor Dawson. The band concluded the segment with Hold Thou My Hand (Eric Ball).
The concert realized £700 for Southampton General Hospital’s Cancer Unit. David Driver, Deputy Head of the hospital’s Radiotherapy Department expressed his appreciation for the evening’s activities and the funds received from Major Mike Smith.
The concert continued with Leslie Condon’s march Bognor Regis. The band then played, as a benediction, the second movement of the suite The Pilgrim Way (Eric Ball). The melody of this movement is associated with the words “God be in my head and in my understanding”. Finally, Bandmaster Bird concluded the concert with a foot-tapping rendition of the Finale from the William Tell Overture (Rossini, arr. Dean Goffin).
Report submitted by Solent Fellowship Band press officer Tony Unwin