On Saturday, 27 September 2014, [bclink id=”962″ target=”_blank”] (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) visited Brighton Congress Hall for a concert whihc featured several well-loved items from Salvation Army brass band literature, including works by Leslie Condon, Morley Calvert, Eric Ball and Dean Goffin.
The concert commenced with Salvation’s Song (William Gordon), immediately contrasted with Thomas Rive’s well-loved arrangement of I Know a Fount. This was followed by Songs of Ascent (Martin Cordner).
The first soloist of the evening was Maurice Patterson (cornet), who presented William Himes’ Jubilance. After a classical interlude with Poem (Zdeněk Fibich, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen), trombone soloist Ben Horton was featured in another Himes work, Blessed Assurance. The first half of the concert concluded with a major work, Festivity (Leslie Condon).
After the interval, the band brought the audience back with See What a Morning (Dorothy Gates). Andrew Lofthouse was the next featured soloist, playing the trumpet solo Onward, Christian Soldiers (Mark Freeh). Next to be featured was the tuba section, who presented Camille Saint–Saëns The Elephant (arr. Peter Graham).
Another gem of the literature was next, Morley Calvert’s charming Canadian Folk Song Suite. This was followed by the cornet and trombone sections uniting for the double quartet Never Give Up (Eric Ball). After a reading, the concert took a meditative turn with Ivor Bosanko’s In This Quiet Moment.
The concert concluded with perhaps one of the greatest items in Salvation Army music history, and one of the most difficult, Dean Goffin’s masterpiece, Symphony of Thanksgiving.
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