The Hendon Band (Bandmaster Dr. Stephen Cobb) visited Upper Norwood on the evening of 10 May 2014 for a festival of music. Vocalist Jared Littlewood was the special guest soloist.
The band opened the concert with Temple 125 (Kevin Larsson). This was followed by William Himes’ Soli Deo Gloria, which merges the style of “Jesu, Joy of Mans’ Desiring” with the modern song “Jesus, Name Above All Names”. After a prayer, the concert continued with Fusion (Martin Cordner).
Following introductions, the first two soloists of the evening were featured. First was Paul Hopkins, who played the trombone solo Song of Exuberance (Leslie Condon). Then Douglas Court’s flügelhorn and trumpet solo, Standing on the Promises, was offered by Gavin Mann. The concert continued with St. Francis (William Gordon) and Lift Up Your Voice. The first half of the concert ended with a vocal solo by Jared Littlewood and Variations on a Celestial Theme (Kenneth Downie).
After the interval, the second half began with a congregational song, “Crown him with many crowns”, followed by Charlotte Celebration (Stephen Bulla). Another of the band’s soloists, Nick Tiplady, was next with the flügelhorn solo So Glad (William Himes). The recent arrangement Dancebeat (Paul Sharman) followed.
The band’s final soloist of the night was Jonathan Evans, who played the euphonium solo Air ’N Variations (Stephen Bulla). The next item was Round Up (Martin Cordner), followed by Sunset over the River Exe (Kenneth Downie), which led into a Bible reading.
Following the reading, Jared Littlewood returned to sing another solo, and then the band concluded the program with Steven Ponsford’s Turris Fortissima.
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