Fellowship Band Benefit Concert at Chandler’s Ford

On Friday, 26 September 2014, the Solent Fellowship Band (Bandmaster John Bird) and the One Achord Choir (Director Chris Warren) presented a charity concert at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church. The concert raised nearly £600 toward the Community Outreach program of the church.

The concert commenced with a march, South Coast, composed by the Fellowship Band’s principal cornet, Martyn Thomas. Then, in contrast, the band presented Peter Graham’s arrangement of Hine e Hine, a traditional Maori melody.

After Reverend Peter Cornick welcomed everyone to the church, a congregational song and a prayer, the band continued with Jubilation! (James Curnow). Steve Jones, principal trombone, presented Count Your Blessings (Brindley Boon) and the cornet section was featured in Vivaldi’s Double Trumpet Concerto (arr. Simon Kerwin), which was conducted by Assistant Conductor David Samuels.

Further band items included selected excerpts from Treasures from Tchaikovsky (arr. Bramwell Coles), Tritsch-Tratsch (Johann Strauss, arr. Alan Fernie), Round-Up (Martin Cordner) and The Liberty Bell (John Philip Sousa).

The band was delighted to share this concert with One Achord Choir and the choir presented four items during the evening, including Consider Yourself (Lionel Bart, arr. N. Leyden), Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John/Tim Rice, arr. K. Christopher), The Lord Is My Shepherd (Howard Goodall) and Top of the World (Richard Carpenter/John Bettis, arr. H. Simeone).

David Samuels again conducted the band in Myfanwy (Joseph Parry, arr. Kenneth Downie), leading into a time of reflection. This time included a euphonium duet, The Christ of Calvary (arr. Chris and David Mallett), featuring Dan Redhead and Tony Unwin. The time of reflection concluded with Dean Goffin’s meditation, The Light of the World.

The concert raised nearly £600 toward the Community Outreach program at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church and Reverend Cornick outlined some of the program’s key components and expressed his appreciation for the evening’s activities.

Following The Radetsky March (Johann Strauss, arr. Pat Ryan), the band played, as a benediction, the second section of Eric Ball’s suite, The Pilgrim Way. This movement features the chorale associated with the words, “God be in my head, and in my understanding”.

Finally, Bandmaster Bird, who had compèred the program for an appreciative audience, concluded the concert with a foot-tapping rendition of the finale from the William Tell overture (G. Rossini, arr. Dean Goffin).

Original report submitted by Tony Unwin, Band Secretary, Solent Fellowship Band