Fellowship Band at Portsmouth Citadel

On Friday, 1 July 2011, the Solent Fellowship Band (Conductor John Bird) presented a charity concert at Portsmouth Citadel. The concert endeavored to raise funds for the Haven Nursery, based at Portsmouth Citadel, and the band items were interspersed with question and answer sessions featuring members of the Haven Nursery staff.

The concert commenced with a march, Wonderful Day (Steven Ponsford). Major Cedric Hills, corps officer, Portsmouth Citadel, welcomed everyone to the concert. After this the band played Trumpet Tune (Henry Purcell, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen) and Troika (arr. Alan Fernie).

Following a congregational song and a prayer by Major Lyn Hills, the band played God and God Alone (Phill McHugh).

Steve Jones has recently joined the Fellowship Band as principal trombone and he presented a solo item, Count Your Blessings (Brindley Boon). Other band items included the hymn tune arrangement Deep Harmony, the horn feature Thine Alone (James Curnow) and two “songs from the shows”, Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (Tim Rice/Elton John, arr. Frank Bernaerts) and Love Changes Everything (Andrew Lloyd Webber, arr. Stephen Bulla).

Following a video presentation featuring the work at the Haven Nursery, the band concluded the first half of the program with The Blessing (William Himes).

The march To Regions Fair (Norman Bearcroft), another congregational song and Light Up the Sunshine (Joy Webb, arr. Maurice Ozanne) followed the interval.

As part of a time of reflection, the band played People Need the Lord (Nelson/McHugh, arr. Tom Fettke, trs. Howard Davies). Major Cedric Hills then read some appropriate words of Scripture from the Book of Revelation and Psalm 119, which linked with the band’s presentation of Dean Goffin’s meditation The Light of the World.

Major Hills then thanked everyone for their attendance and participation before pronouncing the benediction.

In conclusion, the band sent everyone home to the stirring sound of another march, Anthem of the Free (Dean Goffin).

Submitted by Tony Unwin, Solent Fellowship Band Press Officer