Homelessness to Opportunity Concert

On Friday, 4 March 2011, the Solent Fellowship Band presented a charity concert at Southampton Shirley Corps on behalf of the Homelessness to Opportunity Project.

The Fellowship Band opened the concert by playing a march, In the King’s Service (Erik Leidzén). Major Geoff Chape (Southern Divisional Headquarters), the band’s executive officer, welcomed everyone before offering prayer.

Further band items included Let There Be Praise (arr. Barrie Gott), Memory (Andrew LLoyd Webber, arr. Goff Richards), Victory for Me (Wilfred Heaton), Light Up the Sunshine (Joy Webb, arr. Maurice Ozanne) and a horn feature, Thine Alone (James Curnow).

A number of the band’s soloists were included in the program. Bryan Norman (euphonium) played My Story and Song (Stephen Foster, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen). Aubrey Ford (soprano cornet) and Alex Manning (flügelhorn) presented Pie Jesus from “Requiem” (arr. Ray Steadman-Allen) and Laurie Findlay (piano) played the second movement from Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor.

Major Chape was delighted to present a check for £480 to Matthew Smith, development manager, Homelessness to Opportunity Project, as a result of the evening’s activities.

The band then played Mid All the Traffic (Leonard Ballantine), Swedish Festival March (Gosta Blomberg) and Prelude on “Quem Pastores”.

Conductor David Samuels led the band in Pastorale (Goff Richards) before Major Smith read some words from Scripture.

In conclusion, the band played The Compassionate Christ (Dean Goffin) and The Blessing (William Himes).

Original report submitted by Tony Unwin