The Boscombe Band (Bandmaster Dr. Howard J. Evans) performed in its first engagement of the year on a Saturday evening in February, supporting the Staines Songster Brigade (Songster Leader Samantha Turner) on their visit to Boscombe. This was a “return visit,” with the Boscombe Songsters having previously visited the Staines Corps. It was a great evening with excellent items by the Staines Songsters and an impressive array of soloists.
The Boscombe Band marched the Songsters in with Goldcrest, which appropriately set the theme of the evening – “Life Is a Song” – that being the chorus featured by composer James Anderson in the trio of the march. In introducing the first band contribution of the event, Songster Leader Turner informed the audience that (along with Wham!) Boscombe Band were “the sound of her childhood” – so the band had plenty to live up to as they played James Curnow’s arrangement of The Procession of the Nobles from Rimsky-Korsakov’ opera Milada.
In the second half of the program, the band accompanied the Boscombe timbrelists in Let There Be Praise and played Kenneth Downie’s marvelous arrangement of Myfanwy. This was followed by the haunting May It Be sung by some of the Songsters, and together these two items set a wonderful atmosphere for the Scripture thought for the evening.
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