St. Andrews Church in Chelmsford was the venue for the 13th concert in aid of the [bclink id=”1042″ target=”_blank”] on Saturday, 16 March 2013. Featured performers for the event where the [bclink id=”962″ target=”_blank”] (Bandmaster Jonathan Corry) and theater and television personality Ken Lodge, who have participated in all 13 concerts. The special guest soloist for the evening was Salvationist vocalist Jared Littlewood and the compère was Sadie Nine from BBC Essex.
The band opened the concert with James Curnow’s festival march Faith Is the Victory, followed by soloists Tim Buckle and Malcolm Hynd, who presented Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webber). After introductions, the concert continued with another James Curnow composition, Saints of God.
The first set of songs from the guest vocalist, Jared Littlewood, was up next. Littleworth hails from Winton in Bournemouth, but is currently attending the Hendon Corps as he pursues vocal studies in London. Songs in the first half included Where E’er You Walk, Bring Him Home and The First Step.
The first dramatic reading by Ken Lodge followed, an excerpt from the well-loved children’s book The Wind in the Willows. The excerpt described Mr. Toad’s first encounter with the Motor Car.
Another of the band’s soloists, Maurice Patterson, was featured in Don’t Doubt Him Now (Leonard Ballantine, arr. Craig Woodland). The first half concluded with two items from the “golden age” of Salvation Army composing. Brindley Boon’s Croydon Citadel is an exemplar of the standard march. Composer Wilfred Heaton, although a master of brass composition, had many works which were not fully developed during his lifetime. His work The Golden Pen, realized by Paul Hindmarsh, ended the first half of the concert.
The second half began with a presentation from another soloist, long-time principal trombone Andrew Justice, who played Blessed Assurance (William Himes). Ken Lodge returned for more dramatic readings, and Jared Littlewood sang three more songs, including Safe Within Your Arms, Tonight and I’ll Walk with God. The band gave a sparkling rendition of Peter Graham’s New York Snapshots – Wonderful Town.
Turning to a more devotional mood, the band played the meditation In Perfect Peace (Kenneth Downie) before Reverend Paul Greenland, of the host church, gave a Scripture reading. The final item of the concert was Dean Jones’ Glorifico Aeternum, which has rapidly become a standard item in the repertoire of many top-level Salvation Army bands.
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