Coventry Weekend for Winton Band

The long-awaited visit of Winton Bournemouth Band (Bandmaster Norry Smith) to Coventry City Corps, 17 – 18 May 2014, was a great occasion. The visit was originally scheduled for March 2013, but had to be cancelled and rescheduled because of snow at that time. The rescheduled weekend fell on the warmest weekend of the year to date.

On Saturday evening, the audience enjoyed Salvation Army classics, such as The Eternal Quest (Ray Steadman-Allen) featuring trombone soloist Campbell Smith, The Present Age (Leslie Condon), My Comfort and Strength (Brian Bowen) and Under Two Flags, alongside more recent compositions such as Hail the Risen Lord, Benedictus featuring soloist Trevor Willis and Ein Feste Burg.

The band’s singing of Shine on Us brought variety to the program and was another high point of the evening. Coventry City Songsters contributed God of My Praise and Bow the Knee. Bandmaster Andrew Mackereth brought his own unique wit and wisdom as the compère of the evening.

On Sunday morning, the theme of the worship service was Just As I Am, with the band featuring Wilfred Heaton’s classic meditation on the well-loved song. Coventry City YP Band and Singing Company contributed More Than a Song and The Answer, respectively, bringing much blessing. Band Sergeant Trevor Willis brought a challenging Bible message.

Following morning worship, Coventry City Band joined with the visiting band and marched into the city center. Songster Leader Lyndon Bexon and the Winton Band led an open-air concert. Many people were contacted as they sat and listened to the band in the glorious sunshine.

Sunday afternoon saw another varied program, centered around The Call of the Righteous (Leslie Condon), with a Bible message on this theme from Andrew Wileman. Calum Noble-Gresty was featured in the tuba solo Bass in the Ballroom. Other pieces included Saints of God, Fighting for the Lord and Fall Afresh. The Winton Band once again proved their diversity with the singing of God’s Love to Me Is Wonderful. The weekend ended with Andrew Blyth’s arrangement of the hymn tune St. Clements, associated with the words “The day Thou gavest, Lord, has ended”.

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