The South London Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Major George Whittingham) gave a concert at Bexleyheath Methodist Church on 15 September 2012 in aid of the Bexleyheath Corps Building Fund. This was a great evening of music and ministry by the band under the leadership of Bandmaster Whittingham.
The band delighted the audience with a variety of pieces which commenced with the cornet and trombone feature Gone My Care (Ray Steadman-Allen). Other items included Keep Singing (P. C. Rivers), Jubilee (Paul Drury), Deep Passage (Emil Söderström) and A London Celebration (Peter Graham).
Solo items were provided by Darrell Scholes (cornet) with the caprice Zelda (Percy Code) and Adrian Horwood (euphonium) with Travelling Along (Chris Mallett). Also, Leslie Swift sang the vocal solo Before the Throne. Bandsman Phil Edwards provided a moving devotional pause for thought.
Throughout the concert the band was supported by the Bexleyheath Singing Company, under the leadership of Rachel Gash, who also delighted the audience with their music. Their contributions included Do Lord, Your Grace Still Amazes Me, My God and My Best Friend, Father Creator, Love the Lord Your God and Walk Tall, Stand Firm, Be Strong.
The band concluded a wonderful evening with Eric Ball’s classic tone poem The Triumph of Peace.
The concert was the idea of Ladies Night Out (Leader Avril Edgar) as a fundraising effort for the Bexleyheath Corps Building Fund. It was great to see £405 raised from the evening, with further donations still being processed.
South London Fellowship Band web site, original report by Captain Paul Wood, corps officer, Bexleyheath