A Musical Feast for Lent

On Sunday, 24 February 2013, the Boscombe Corps held “A Musical Feast for Lent”, taking the congregation on a journey of Scripture readings, songs and items from the Boscombe Band (Bandmaster Dr. Howard J. Evans).

The day began with the morning worship service, during which the band provided two special items, The Power of the Cross (Paul Sharman) and Passport to Heaven (Howard J. Evans).

The Musical Feast proper began with the band offering Richard Phillips’ arrangement of Amazing Grace, followed by the first Scripture reading, Isaiah 12:4-6, and a congregational song, “Glorious things of Thee are spoken”. The program was divided into small sections, each beginning with a passage of Scripture, expertly put together by Bandmaster Evans.

The first section was entitled “Into the Wilderness”, with the Scripture readings Matthew 4:1 and Exodus 15:19-20. The band played Dance Before the Lord (Peter Graham).

The next section was “The Bread of Life”. Scripture passages for this section included Matthew 4:3-4, Exodus 16:2-4 and John 6:28-35. The congregation sang “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah”.

“Worship the Lord Your God” was the next section. The Scripture reading was Matthew 4:5-10 and the band played Fanfare to Worship (Steven Ponsford).

The fourth section, entitled “The Water of Life”, used the Scripture passages Exodus 15:22-24 and John 4:17-15, 23-24. The congregation sang the old song “The Well Is Deep”.

The last section of the program was “The Glory of the Lord in the Desert”. Exodus 40:34-38 and Luke 4:13-14 were the Scripture portions. The band presented three movements of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater (arranged and edited Andrew Wainwright and Robert Childs). These included “Sancta Mater”, “Lament” (featuring euphonium soloist John Starkes) and “Paradisi Gloria”. The concert concluded with the congregation singing “Majesty, worship his Majesty”.

This occasion also marked the formal entrance of Lee Allcock into the band’s bass section. Allcock had been attending a few rehearsals since the beginning of the year and has now moved to the Bournemouth area with his family.

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