The London Central Fellowship Band (Bandmaster David Daws) returned to Lovat Fields Village, Milton Keynes, on 26 November 2011 to start the Christmas season, playing to an audience of over 200 people.
After having taken the opportunity to arrive early and “exercise their plastic” at the shopping centers in Milton Keynes, the band started its concert with the march Orwell Park and cruised through Take Over Bid. Then the mood changed with Latin versions of Where I Love to Be and Quando, Quando, Quando, sandwiched by two exquisite cornet solos played by Dave Thomas: the Mexican-inspired Chiapaneacas and Nessun Dorma. The first half of the program continued with a euphonium solo, All the Ways God Has Shown, played by Ken Stones, and a master class in sensitive high-range playing from Don Jenkins with the trombone solo Londonderry Air finished off with a pianissimo high D. The band concluded the rousing first half of the program with a sparkling performance of Breezin’ Down Broadway.
A brisk rendition of Soldiers in the Park commenced the second half, which featured a flügelhorn solo by Jim Rogers, who delighted the audience with a mellifluous rendition of What a Wonderful World. Also presented in this section was an upbeat version of the vocal solo Now I Belong to Jesus. Vocal duets in each half of the program from Celia Dashfield and Dawn Turner, Because He Lives and If the Saviour Stood Beside Me, were very well received. A reflective period featured an arrangement of the hymn tune “Bowes”, This I Know, underlined by telling words from Alan Garratt.
The band concluded the evening with a taste of the Proms, featuring an arrangement of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, Jerusalem and I Voe to Thee, My Country, prior to a brace of Christmas carols to herald the upcoming season.
Wanting more, the audience implored the band to perform two additional pieces including a dashing version of Jingle Bells and the march On the King’s Highway.
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