Concert for the Japan Relief Fund

Due to changing circumstances, the group formerly known as Cambridge Heath Brass has been renamed Capital Heritage Brass, thus enabling the retention of the familiar initials CHB.

Members of the ensemble, under the direction of Roy Terry, gathered at the Lewisham Corps on 16 April 2011 to present a concert to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Japan Relief Fund. The first half of the program consisted of arrangements from the classics, opening with Purcell’s Trumpet Tune and continuing with the Minuet from “Berenice” (Handel, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen).

Flugel player Kevin K. Bradley introduced his solo, Solvieg’s Song (Edvard Grieg, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen), outlining his experiences on a recent visit to Norway. The four movements of Brian Bowen’s Themes from Schubert’s 5th were presented with due attention to detail and style, while Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 8 was full of verve and vitality.

The second half was planned as an introduction to Holy Week, commencing with Thomas Rive’s setting of Colne, followed by the well-known God So Loved the World (Stainer, arr. George Marshall). The final band item was Dean Goffin’s The Gospel Story, its three sections depicting the birth, ministry and passion of Christ, respectively.

The congregation joined heartily in three songs, and the sum of £250 was collected for the Japan Relief Fund. The previous Sunday evening, a concert at St. Mary’s Church, Addington, largely featuring music by New Zealand composers, raised £325 for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Report submitted by Peter Bale