A good crowd, drawn from far and wide, greeted the South London Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Major George Whittingham) for the commencement of its weekend visit to Eastbourne Citadel on 21 July 2012.
Items included Southern Australia, Happiness and Harmony, A Glenn Miller Collection, Variations on “Laudate Dominum” and a very moving presentation of Resurgam. The guest cornet soloist, Carl Neilsen, displayed fine artistry in presenting Grandfather’s Clock. He was then joined by Darrell Scholes for Quicksilver, and then they in turn by his 11-year-old son Thomas Neilsen for the trio The Veterans.
Soloists from the band, including Adrian Horwood (euphonium) with The Song of the Brother (Erik Leidzén) and Leslie Swift (vocal) with You Raise Me Up were also featured, as was the trombone section with Over the Rainbow. Bram Chestney introduced the Bible theme for the weekend, which was based on the book of Jonah.
This theme was continued on Sunday morning in well-attended meetings led by the Fellowship Band. The offerings of His Provision in the morning and Just As I Am in the evening brought great blessing during the Sunday meetings. The Fellowship Band joined the local corps in its usual Summer Sunday Morning open-air ministry in front of the pier, which attracted a large number of listeners.
In the afternoon the Fellowship Band presented a short concert on the promenade with a varied program which included music from the shows Oliver and Cats as well as more traditional Salvation Army items. These included the cornet trio Cheer Up and the march In the King’s Service. Again, a large audience was attracted to the band’s performance.
The Fellowship Band then presented a short program of music at Eastbourne Citadel, which included Hadleigh Camp and Songs of the Morning. The band’s principal cornet, Alan Moyse, presented the solo A Happy Day and the trombone section contributed I Will Follow Him.
During the morning meeting, Stuart Gilbert expanded on the weekend’s Bible theme of Jonah after Phil Edwards presented a children’s story on the same theme. In the evening, Roger Gadsden brought the story to a conclusion.
South London Fellowship Band web site, original report by Don Middleton