On 2 April 2011, St. Leonard’s Church, Hythe, was packed out for the Annual Concert featuring the Hythe Town Concert Band (Harry Cook), the Shepway Community Gospel Choir (Wes Carroll), the Hythe Band of the Salvation Army (Bandmaster Richard Carroll) and vocal soloist Adam Hall.
The Hythe Band of the Salvation Army, as the host band, played the first half. They opened up with the march Bargoed, with its strong message, “I believe in the word of God.” This was followed by As the Deer.
Adam Hall then took center stage and thrilled the audience with his rich bass voice. He sang three songs, including Amazing Grace. Following a scriptural message, Captain Phil Layton introduced The Light of the World (Dean Goffin).
On the lighter side, the band had some fun with the humoresque If Jesus Keeps Me Polished and Espana. The first half of the concert came to a close with the classic march Golden Jubilee, with its encouraging message for Christian soldiers to “march as to war” and to “stand up for Jesus”.
It was then the turn of the Shepway Community Gospel Choir, who thrilled and energized the audience with their set of four songs, including All of Our Praise and To Make You Feel My Love (featuring Am’e Tyrell as soloist). They finished with a powerful performance of He’s My Solid Rock which reverberated around the church.
Following a short interval, the Hythe Town Concert Band presented a mixture of film scores and classic wind band pieces, which included a James Bond selection and melodies from The Lion King.
Original report submitted by Bandmaster Richard Carroll