The South London Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Darrell Scholes) made another visit to Emmanuel United Reformed Church in West Wickham on 14 March 2014. The band has frequently visited this church, and this time was no different as they presented a varied program of music and choral singing.
The band featured several soloists. These included Stuart Gilbert (baritone) with In This Quiet Moment, Alan Moyse (cornet) with Happy All the Day, Roger Gadsden (tenor horn) with Green Hill, Adrian Horwood (euphonium) with Harbour Light and Les Swift (vocal) with Love Changes Everything. In addition, the trombone section was featured in The Cleansing Power.
The evening provided music for all tastes, beginning with the opening march, The Gospel Feast. The air varié The Old Wells had a wonderful resonance for the Lenten season and the meditation Gift for His Altar was very thought-provoking. The movies were represented with Somewhere Out There. The band’s concert items included Cossack Wedding Dance, Bandology and A London Celebration.
The band sang two items, Redeemed and You’re Never Too Far from God. There was also an opportunity for everyone to join in with the singing of “O for a thousand tongues to sing” (an old song to a new arrangement) and John Moye provided a reading and thought from Scripture. The band brought the evening to a close with an arrangement of How Great Thou Art.
The thing that stands out with the Fellowship Band is their friendliness and their joy in visiting Emmanuel – a sentiment shared by the church’s congregation.