On 19 May 2012, the [bclink id=”962″ target=”_blank”] (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) presented its 61st Annual Spring Festival of Music. The venue for this year’s festival was St. Mary Magdalene Church, The Holmwood. Reverend Barbara Steadman-Allen, daughter of renowned composer Lt.-Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen, is the vicar at this church.
The concert opened with James Curnow’s festival march Faith Is the Victory, followed, in contrasting styles, by Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webber) and Dance before the Lord (Peter Graham).
The first of the four soloists for the evening was Maurice Patterson (cornet), who played What a Friend (Mark Freeh). This was followed by Ray Steadman-Allen’s arrangement of A Gaelic Blessing (John Rutter).
The next soloist was James Shepherd. In recent years, the baritone has become increasingly used as a solo instrument, and Shepherd presented another Steadman-Allen arrangement, My Story and Song. The first half ended with Kenneth Downie’s challenging Purcell Variations.
A classic Salvation Army march, Rosehill (Albert Jakeway), opened the second half. This was followed by two more solo items. Long-time principal trombone Andrew Justice played Rejoice (Roger Trigg) and Paul Baker (euphonium) played Lament from “Stabat Mater” (Karl Jenkins, arr. Andrew Wainwright and Robert Childs). The trombone section was then featured in I Will Follow Him (Stole/Roma/Plante, arr. Goff Richards), as made famous in the motion picture Sister Act.
In order to foster a more contemplative mood before a Scripture reading, the band turned to Kenneth Downie’s meditation In Perfect Peace. The concert concluded on an exciting and modern note, with Peter Graham’s medley of contemporary Christian songs, The Last Amen.
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