A varied program of music from the South London Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Major George Whittingham) was warmly received by those who attended an evening concert at Brighton Congress Hall on Saturday, 16 June 2012.
The band opened the concert with the march Southern Australia and closed with Mighty to Save. In between, they presented a variety of items, including Happiness and Harmony, The Lost Chord, Laudate Dominum and Songs of the Morning. Contrasting items included A Glenn Miller Collection and Thornbury.
During the evening, the band also sang two contrasting items – the rousing Sound the Battle Cry and the thought-provoking By the Way of the Cross. Solo items were presented by Alan Moyse (cornet) with Tucker, Les Swift (vocal) with You Raise Me Up and Adrian Horwood (euphonium), in his first engagement as a member of the band, with The Song of the Brother.
Comments received from those present included “I reluctantly accepted the invitation to attend, not knowing what to expect, and thought it was a marvelous evening with such a variety of music for all tastes.” Another audience member said, “Despite admitting to not being a band lover I accepted the invitation to come and thought it a fantastic evening.” Others said that they had been deeply moved by the music and impressed by the band’s fellowship and presentation.
South London Fellowship Band, original report by Maurice Horwood