On Friday, 12 November 2010, the Solent Area Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Chris Kennett) presented a concert at Drayton Methodist Church.
The concert, on behalf of the Drayton and Farlington Action Group, who work to improve the lives of local residents, commenced with the band playing a march, Spirit of Joy (Herbert Rive).
After Major Derek Smith offered prayer, the band presented a further three items: the festival arrangement Let There Be Praise (arr. Barrie Gott), Only Love (Vladimir Cosma, arr. P. H. Greenwood) featuring Aubrey Ford on soprano cornet, and the air varié The Old Wells (Eric Ball).
Bandmaster Kennett then conducted the band in the song arrangement by William Himes of Whiter than the Snow and two movements of Morley Calvert’s Canadian Folk Song Suite.
Following a short interval, the band played Alan Fernie’s arrangement of Troika and two items from “the shows” – Memory (Andrew Lloyd Webber, arr. Goff Richards) and Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (Elton John/Tim Rice, arr. Frank Bernaerts).
Major Smith read Scripture, preceded by the band playing Sweet Hour of Prayer (Erik Leidzén).
The concert concluded with the band playing two contrasting items, Prelude on “Quem Pastores” (Geoffrey Nobes) and the march Flag of Freedom (Bramwell Coles).
Bandmaster Kennett and Anona Harris, representing the Drayton and Farlington Action Group, expressed respective words of appreciation for the evening’s activities.
Submitted by Tony Unwin, Solent Area Fellowship Band Press Officer