On Saturday, 11 December 2010, the Solent Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Chris Kennett) returned to Hayling Island Community Centre to present its annual concert of Christmas music with the Hayling Island Choir (Musical Director David Cain). This year, the band and choir were joined by special guests, the Mengham Junior School Choir (Director Karyn Harris).
Following three items from the Hayling Island Choir, Jesus Child (John Rutter), Sans Day Carol (arr. John Rutter) and In the Bleak Mid-winter (Harold Darke), Bandmaster Kennett conducted the band in two pieces, the march medley The Spirit of Christmas (Kenneth Cook) and Normandy Carol (Robert Redhead, trans. Paul Sharman).
Mengham Junior School Choir then presented two sets of songs, on either side of the congregation, choirs and band joining in the carol O Come, All Ye Faithful. These songs included Tell Me a Story, Shining Star (Julie Tonkin/Alison Burns) and Unto Us a Child Is Born (Mark and Helen Johnson).
The band then played the selection Noel (Donald Osgood) and the David Essex hit A Winter’s Tale (arr. Darrol Barry) featuring the band’s flügelhorn soloist, Alex Manning.
Next, David Cain conducted the Hayling Island Choir in the final item of the first half, A Christmas Fantasy (Gordon Langford).
After the interval, the Hayling Island Choir presented a further two sets of songs on either side of the band’s playing of Prelude on “Quem Pastores” (arr. Geoffrey Nobes) and Yuletide Rag (Richard Phillips). Further band items included Troika (arr. Alan Fernie) and Christmas Joy (Erik Leidzén). The Hayling Island Choir also sang Christmas Night (arr. John Rutter) and Walking in the Air (Howard Blake).
The evening concluded with the choir’s singing of Arthur Worrell’s arrangement A Merry Christmas before the band sent everyone home with a foot-tapping rendition of Jingle Bells.
Submitted by Tony Unwin, Solent Fellowship Band press officer