The Maidstone Band (Bandmaster Nigel Yalden) and Songsters (Songster Leader Rachel Walters) visited Christ Church, Malling Road, Snodland, on Saturday, 12 July 2014 to present a “Concert for a Summer Evening” in aid of the church hall.
The Songsters got the evening off to a fine start with Let There Be Worship, Let There Be Praise, with the opening statement, “Come let us sing”. This was followed by a congregational song, “Praise my soul”. The Band then presented its first two items, the march Life Savers followed by the trombone section presenting the lively Sunshine Corner.
Nathan Cripps offered a vocal solo, followed by the Band playing a lovely arrangement of Grace Alone. The Songsters concluded the first half of the concert with two contrasting songs. The first was a beautiful item titled Unlimited Love, closely followed by the more up-tempo Easter Song.
The second half commenced with the Band playing Intrada, based on the hymn tune “Austria”. The Songsters then presented two more songs, Sure Foundation and With All My Heart. These items led nicely into a time of reflection, which was led by Major George Scott. The Band’s major contribution to the evening was The Suppliant Heart, Brian Bowen’s sensitive meditation on the hymn tune “Margaret”, which is associated with the words “O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for Thee”.
The concert returned to a festive mood as the Band presented Dance Before the Lord, a foot-tapping item (with a few hoi’s thrown in). The final item from the Songsters was The Lord Bless Thee and Keep Thee, a fine benediction in its own right. To conclude the evening, the Band played the march Salisbury City, which features the chorus, “In the Army of Jesus”.
The evening was the sections’ second visit to Snodland, and it is hoped that the association with the parish church will continue well into the future.