On Friday, 20 April 2012, the Solent Fellowship Band (Bandmaster John Bird) presented a concert at the Salisbury City Salvation Army Corps.
The concert commenced with a march, Wonderful Day (Steven Ponsford) and then, in contrast, A Little Prayer (Evelyn Glennie, arr. Robert Childs). Following a welcome from Lieutenant Peter Clark, corps officer, Salisbury City Corps, and a congregational song, the band played Selection from “Jesus Folk” (Ray Steadman-Allen).
The concert included a number of solo items. Bryan Norman (euphonium) presented Serenade from Les Millions D’Arlequin (R. Drigo). The tenor horn solo An Irish Melody (J. N. Audoire) was played by Callam Carter. Vocal soloist Adrian Griffiths sang He Took My Place (Vernon Post).
Other items played by the band included Procession to Covenant (William Himes), Nimrod (Edward Elgar, arr. Dean Goffin), and Soldiers of Christ (George Marshall). Also, the band sang It Took a Miracle (John W. Peterson, arr. Vernon Post).
Following a short interval, the concert continued with a congregational song, followed by the bass trombone solo The Passing Years (Kenneth Cook) played by Doug Hulme. The band then played A Sunbeam (Philip B. Catelinet).
The concert then moved into a devotional phase, with the band singing Softly and Tenderly (Will L. Thompson, arr. Erik Leidzén) and then playing the selection Divine Communion (Arthur Gullidge). Major Derek Smith commented after a Scripture reading.
The concert raised over £300 towards the work of the Sangli Corps (India). Bandmaster Stuart Clark (Salisbury Corps) thanked everyone for their attendance and participation. Lieutenant Suzanne Clark (corps officer, Salisbury City) pronounced the benediction following the band’s final item, Praise Party! (Steven Ponsford).
Submitted by Tony Unwin, press officer, Solent Fellowship Band