Rotary Carol Concert in Boscombe

The 2010 Rotary Carol Concert in Boscombe, in aid of the Youth Cancer Trust, was held on 9 December and featured the Boscombe Band of the Salvation Army (Bandmaster Dr. Howard J. Evans), the choir of the Epiphany CE Primary School and guest vocal soloist Hilary Bromage.

The band began the festivities with The Shining Star (Peter Graham), which was followed by a congregational carol, “Hark, the Glad Sound!” The choir then presented a set of four songs, Christmas Calypso, Then There Were Shepherds, The Groovy Message (written by some of the children in the choir) and Waikiki.

The band presented another item, Carol of the Bells (arr. Andrew Wainwright) before vocal soloist Hilary Bromage took the stage. Bromage offered two items, Norman Bearcroft’s In Me and the old favorite O Holy Night. This was followed by the timbrel brigade, performing a routine to J. S. Bach’s Toccata in D minor (arr. Ray Farr).

The congregation was again given an opportunity to participate after the appeal by the Rotary President, this time with “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”. The choir returned with three more items, Let It Snow!, One Bright Star and Ho! Ho! Ho!. During this set, Alexander Francis, who has performed at this concert in previous years, played the saxophone solo Walking in the Air.

The band turned the concert to a more contemplative mood with Who Is He? (Benjamin Hanby, arr. Richard Phillips). This was followed by a Christmas Thought given by Major Peter Mylechreest.

After the congregation sang another song, “Jesus, Good Above All Other”, the band presented its major work for the evening, Shine As the Light (Peter Graham). The concert concluded with a final congregational song, “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending.”

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