Major George Whittingham and the South London Fellowship Band have enjoyed a close relationship with Emmanuel United Reformed Church for many years. The band has used the Church as a recording studio, emergency rehearsal venue, and performance venue, with a total of sixteen concerts in support of charities nominated by the Church. Many of these concerts have been “themed”, and have included “Music from the Shows”, “Your Favourite Classical Music”, “A Spring Festival” and “Showtime”.
This year, the theme was “Music from the Movies”. Guests soloists were Emma Walsh (soprano), Susanne Dymott (mezzo-soprano) and Anthony Harris (tenor), all of whom are currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
John Matthews of the Emmanuel Men‘s Fellowship writes in the Church newsletter:
“Many thanks to all who supported the South London Fellowship Band concert in the church on Friday 18th March when we were entertained by Major George Whittingham and his ‘merry men’ with a super selection of music from the movies. What a delight it was to hear the wonderful young voices of Susanne, Emma and Anthony give their all to songs from Oliver, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music ...
“An excellent evening much appreciated by the audience. We are very grateful for the generous giving that resulted in a collection of £640 towards the maintenance of the band.”
The South London Fellowship Band adds its thanks to the Church and the audience for their help in the making of a successful evening, and looks forward to its next visit in March 2012.
South London Fellowship Band web site, original report by Roy Horscroft.