Spring Music Weekend in Bellshill

The Birmingham Citadel Band (Bandmaster Gavin Lamplough) visited Scotland for a ministry weekend in Bellshill, 18 – 19 April 2015. The weekend consisted of a festival concert on Saturday evening and a worship service and afternoon concert on Sunday.

On a warm spring evening, the hall was packed to capacity with those who came to hear the Birmingham Citadel Band. The program got off to an excellent start as the band played Make His Praise Glorious and it was clear as the concert continued that the band was indeed there to make His praise glorious.

The audience was treated to a number of solos during the program. These included the tenor horn solo You Love Me played by Neil Blessett, trombone solo Fiesta! played by Mark Sharman, euphonium solo Locomotion played by David Taylor, and marimba solo Zimba Zamba played by Rob Hayward.

In addition to the solo items, the program included a variety of music, including Skydance, Jubilo! Jubilo!, Variations on “Laudate Dominum”, Vox Dilecti, and The Liberator. The highlights of the evening were the band’s presentation of the very emotive Everlasting Hope and the fin piece of the night, The Day of the Lord.

On Sunday, Birmingham Citadel Band led the meetings at Bellshill. During the holiness meeting, Major Steve White spoke about “the call” from Jesus and, in the afternoon, he spoke about “the command”, following on from the theme on Saturday evening, “the choice”. After the Scripture message in the morning meeting the band played I’ll Follow Thee, which was a special moment for many in attendance.

The afternoon meeting began with Let There Be Praise and led into a time of prayer with Bow the Knee, which features the melody associated with the words:

Bow the knee;
Trust the heart of your Father when the answer goes beyond what you can see.
Bow the knee;
Lift your eyes toward heaven and believe the One who holds eternity.
And when you don’t understand the purpose of His plan,
In the presence of the King, bow the knee.

The featured soloists of the afternoon were Edward Dixon (E♭ tuba) who played “The Bare Necessities” and Matthew Frost who played the trumpet solo Flourish. The major work of the afternoon was Shine As the Light (Peter Graham).

Bellshill Band web site, original reports by Dorothy Neil and Andrew Berry