The Boscombe Band (Bandmaster Dr. Howard J. Evans) had the pleasure of playing to a packed United Reform Church in Lymington on Saturday, 6 November 2010. The band had previously visited this church as part of the church’s fundraising to modernize the building. It was good to be invited back to see the fruit of everyone’s labor.
The band kicked off the concert with a classic march, Cairo Red Shield (Stanley Raikes). Following introductions, cornet soloist Craig Snell changed the mood with The Call of Christ, leading into a prayer and a congregational song, “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven”.
After a rendition by the band of Goff Richards’ arrangment Hymns of Praise, the second soloist of the evening, John Starkes, offered the euphonium solo The Ransomed Host (Ray Steadman-Allen). This was followed by two transcriptions from the classical literature, Denn er Hat Seinen Engeln Befohlen (Psalm 91) (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, arr. Olaf Ritman) and excerpts from Treasures from Tchaikovsky (arr. Bramwell Coles).
After the interval, the band started with the exuberant Cause for Celebration (William Himes) and Norman Bearcroft’s fantasy Just Like John.
The final soloist of the concert was Barney Lawrence, tenor horn, who played one of the standards of brass band horn literature, Demelza (Hugh Nash).
The concert then entered a devotional section, with Band Sergeant Brian Wright reading Scripture, followed by Coming Home! (music of reconciliation) (William Thompson, arr. Kenneth Downie).
The final item of the evening was a masterpiece from the pen of Robert Redhead, Quintessence.
Boscombe Band web site