Fellowship Band in Andover

On Friday, 14 October 2011, the Solent Fellowship Band (Bandmaster John Bird) presented a concert at Andover Salvation Army Corps.

The concert commenced with a march, Wonderful Day (Steven Ponsford). The next two items, in contrast, were A Little Prayer (Evelyn Glennie) and the hymn tune “Deep Harmony”.

Major James Cussen, Andover corps officer, welcomed everyone to the concert, after which the band played Selection from “Jesus Folk” (Ray Steadman-Allen). This was followed by two “songs from the shows”, Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (Elton John and Tim Rice, arr. Frank Bernaerts) and Love Changes Everything (Andrew Lloyd Webber, arr. Stephen Bulla).

A number of solo and feature items were included in the program. The band’s principal trombone, Steve Jones, presented Count Your Blessings (Brindley Boon). Bryan Norman, principal euphonium, played Softly, As I Leave You (Alfred de Vita) and principal tenor horn Callam Carter contributed Derek Jordan’s arrangement of the Rondo from Mozart’s fourth Horn Concerto.

Further variety was provided by Adrian Griffiths, who sang He Took My Place, and Deputy Bandmaster David Samuels (piano), who played three Chopin preludes. Another special item was The Trumpet Shall Sound, featuring Tony Unwin (euphonium) and Aubrey Ford (soprano cornet).

Deputy Bandmaster Samuels conducted the band in The Blessing (William Himes). Two songs were also included, together with Praise Party (Steven Ponsford).

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

Bandmaster Bird invited everyone to join with the band in a final congregational song before sending them home to the stirring sound of a classic Salvation Army march, The Liberator.

Report submitted by Tony Unwin, Solent Fellowship Band press officer