Vocal Festival in Barnet

East Barnet may be one of the smaller Salvation Army corps, but what it lacks in size it made up for in a welcome for the Regent Hall Songsters (Songster Leader John Martin) and instrumental soloist Paul Sharman for a festival on Saturday, 7 May 2011.

The capacity crowd listened to a variety of joyful and reflective items, which included The Awakeners (Eric Ball) and The Lamb (John Tavener) along with more contemporary items.

Paul Sharman contributed the cornet solo Happy Day and later demonstrated his dexterity on both flügelhorn and trumpet in Standing on the Promises. The timbrel group performed a routine to the march The Red Shield and a brass ensemble took the stage to present Fill the World with Music and an arrangement of Jesus Loves Me.

A video feature was shown, detailing the ongoing Life of Lynda fund-raising campaign. The congregation joined heartily in the final verse of When the Saints Go Marching In (arr. John Rutter).

Major Malcolm Waters contributed thought-provoking comments. This was his last engagement with the Songsters, as he and his wife, Sylvia, have been appointed as corps officers in Glasgow West.

Regent Hall Band web site