On Friday, 20 May 2011, the Solent Fellowship Band together with Alton Songsters presented a charity concert at Alton Salvation Army Corps.
The concert commenced with the Fellowship Band playing a march, In the King’s Service (Erik Leidzén).
Major Neil Woollacott welcomed everyone before leading a congregational song and offering prayer.
Further band items included Light Up the Sunshine (Joy Webb, arr. Maurice Ozanne), People Need the Lord (Nelson/McHugh, arr. Tom Fettke, trs. Howard Davies) and the horn feature Thine Alone by James Curnow.
Assistant Conductor David Samuels led the Fellowship Band in Pastorale (Goff Richards) which preceded an individual item presented by the band’s principal euphonium, Bryan Norman, who played My Story and Song (Stephen Foster, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen).
The Alton Songsters, under the leadership of Julian Poore, then sang three songs, including Psalm 150 (Charles Villiers Stanford), Teach Me, O Lord (Thomas Attwood) and the first chorus of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Following the items from the Songsters, the Fellowship Band played a tone poem, The Divine Pursuit. This work, based on Francis Thompson’s epic poem The Hound of Heaven, was conducted by John Bird, recently appointed as the band’s new conductor.
A congregational song, “In Christ Alone”, was included between two band items, Love Changes Everything (Andrew Lloyd Webber, arr. Stephen Bulla) and God and God Alone (Phill McHugh).
Following the Songsters’ presentation of Psalm 150 (Eric Ball), the Fellowship Band played Brian Bowen’s mediation My Comfort and Strength before Major Smith read somee words from Scripture.
The band then played two contrasting items, The Compassionate Christ (Dean Goffin) and Wonderful Day (Steven Ponsford).
After Major Woollacott expressed his thanks for the evening’s activities, the Fellowship Band concluded the concert with Dean Goffin’s stirring march, Anthem of the Free.
Original report submitted by Tony Unwin, press officer, Solent Fellowship Band