Benefit Concert in Gravesend Aids RNIB

The South London Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Darrell Scholes) presented a fine concert, 14 February 2014, on its latest of regular visits to Gravesend, this time in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). A good crowd gathered in the eighteenth-century Parish Church of Gravesham, braving very poor weather, to hear the band in top form.

The program featured several of the band’s soloists. These included:

  • Stuart Gilbert (baritone) – In This Quiet Moment (Ivor Bosanko, arr. Darrell Scholes)
  • Alan Moyse (cornet) – Happy All the Day (Erik Leidzén)
  • Adrian Horwood (euphonium) – Harbour Light (Norman Bearcroft)
  • Les Swift (vocal) – Love Changes Everything (Andrew Lloyd-Webber)

In addition, the trombone section gave a scintillating performance of The Cleansing Power (Stephen Bulla) and the male voices sang sensitively You’re Never Too Far from God (William Himes, arr. Thomas Mack).

Contributions from the full band included:

  • Hail the Risen Lord (Steven Ponsford)
  • The Golden Pen (Wilfred Heaton)
  • Guardian of My Soul (Darren Shaw)
  • Easter Glory (Leslie Condon)
  • Bandology (Wright)
  • Somewhere Out There (Barry)
  • Nimrod (Edward Elgar, arr. Dean Goffin)
  • A London Celebration (Peter Graham)
  • How Great Thou Art (Peter Graham)

Bev Hudson gave a thought from the Scriptures.

A check for £2,400 was presented to Karen Deacon, RNIB Director for Education and Social Care, who responded and spoke movingly about the work of the RNIB. Retired Bandmaster Brian Hillyer, a member of the Fellowship Band, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the RNIB acknowledging his part in organizing the Fellowship Band’s visit and in raising the funds.

South London Fellowship Band web site, original report by John Hockley, Gravesend Corps Press Representative