On Friday, 15 March 2013, the Solent Fellowship Band (Bandmaster John Bird) presented a concert at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church. The event raised nearly £900 toward youth and children’s work at the church.
The concert commenced with a march, On Parade (Eilav Herikstad) and then, in contrast, the song setting ’Mid All the Traffic (Leonard Ballantine). Following a welcome from Reverend Peter Cornick of the host church and a congregational song, the band played Procession to Covenant (William Himes).
Soloists featured on the evening included Callam Carter (tenor horn) who played Derek Jordan’s arrangement of the Rondo from Mozart’s fourth horn concerto and Adrian Griffiths who sang Saviour, Teach Me Day by Day. Further variety was provided by the cornet trio The Veterans (Ray Steadman-Allen) presented by Aubrey Ford, David Morris and Simon Easton. The band’s trombone section was featured in From That Sacred Hill (Dick Krommenhoek). Before the cornet trio, Bandmaster Bird gave a short tribute to the life of Graham Hall, who passed away in January. Members of Hall’s family and the Southampton Albion band were in attendance at the concert.
The band was pleased to share the concert with organist David Edwards. Edwards presented three items: Karg-Elert (Nan Danket), Prelude in Classic Style (Graham Young) and his own medley including the well-known hymns “Be Still, For the Presence of the Lord” and “To God Be the Glory”.
Further items from the band included Greensleeves (arr. Gordon Langford) conducted by Assistance Conductor David Samuels, Goldcrest (James Anderson), Nimrod (Edward Elgar, arr. Dean Goffin) and Praise Party! (Steven Ponsford). The band also sang When Jesus Looked O’er Galilee (words Catherine Baird, music Ernest Fewster, arr. Leslie Condon).
The band, as is its custom, also included two congregational songs in the program.
Words of Scripture and comments were presented by Major Derek Smith before the band played Wilfred Heaton’s meditation Just As I Am.
The concert raised nearly £900 toward youth and children’s work at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church. Reverend Cornick thanked everyone for their attendance and contributions. Major Smith invited the congregation to share the benediction before the band’s final item, the Finale from the William Tell Overture (G. Rossini, arr. Dean Goffin).
Report submitted by Tony Unwin, press officer, Solent Fellowship Band