The London Central Fellowship Band (Bandmaster David Daws) was pleased to contribute to a building fund event at Reading Central Corps, supported by the Reading Central Songsters, in June 2012.
After opening the event with Orwell Park (Kevin Norbury), the band offered Breezin’ Down Broadway and Where I Love to Be. This was followed by a breather for the band, as Caroline Seredynski presented some exquisite Debussy on the piano. Reading Central Songsters performed two numbers before the Fellowship Band returned with two solo items, Dave Thomas (cornet) with Whirlwind and Phil Fisher (horn) with Capriccio Brillante.
William Broughton’s upbeat, happy version of Now I Belong to Jesus featured Reading Central’s Debbie Crane as vocal soloist. The euphonium solo Commitment (Stephen Bulla) was offered by James Adcock. The first half of the program ended with Morley Calvert’s well-crafted Canadian Folk Song Suite.
After the interval, the band exploded into Be a Clown (Cole Porter, arr. Alan Fernie). This fun item challenges the band to do things that are completely out of character (such as deliberately playing out of tune). Then the audience joined in Zephaniah’s Song (William Himes). Another solo item was featured, Anthony Smith (baritone) played Donegal Bay (Paul Lovatt-Cooper). Smith is a recent addition to the band due to the indisposition of Howard Bowles, principal baritone.
Next were more items from Reading Central Songsters and the Bible reading and comment from Major Graham Mizon. This was followed by David Catherwood’s song arrangement Come Home, a short item which looks deceptively easy on the page but is not so easy to perform properly.
To conclude the program the band presented George Marshall’s classic Army of the Brave. A variety of moods are expressed in this early (number 6) Festival Series composition.
After the benediction, there was still time for one more “toe-tapper” in the form of the march Valiant Warriors (Ray Bowes).
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