Total Praise in Kirkcaldy

The Whytescauseway Baptist Church was the venue for the visit of the Hythe (Kent) Band and Songsters to Kirkcaldy, Scotland, on 27 – 28 March 2010.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

The songsters, under the leadership of Wes Carroll, set the standard for all that was to come with Holy Ground, featuring Robert Washford as soloist. The songsters also contributed Total Praise, If You Would Be Strong and Shine on Us. The latter led the way for Captain Phil Layton to bring a Scripture reading and devotional thought linking that song with the band item Reflections in Praise, written for the band by Songster Leader Carroll.

Earlier, the band, under the direction of Bandmaster Richard Carroll, had played their signature tune, Southern New England, Tomado de la Mano and the cornet solo People Need the Lord featuring Wendy Margott.

Bandmaster Carroll expressed appreciation to Jeff Wilson from Edinburgh Gorgie who was covering a cornet part for a player who was unable to make the trip because of family commitments, and also to Captain Mark Sellers who filled in on Eb bass for a player who had recently broken his hip.

The evening came to a close with Golden Jubilee. Following prolonged applause the band played an excerpt from March of the Toreadors before the band and songsters combined to sing the benediction, We Have Peace.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

The morning meeting was led by Captain Phil Layton, taking the theme “Ready Salted,” with the band playing another of Wes Carroll’s pieces, Teach Me How to Love Thee. The songsters sang Think About His Love and the Kirkcaldy Songsters also took part in the service.

Sunday afternoon took the form of a Songs of Praise Concert, with the songsters contributing Resound in Praise and Footprints. They also combined with the Kirkcaldy Songsters, led by Marjory Watson, in Praise the Lord. Band items during the afternoon concert included Over the Rainbow, Sword and Shield and When the Saints.

Bandmaster Carroll expressed thanks to Captains Gavin and Ali Friday and the people of Kirkcaldy for being excellent hosts for the weekend.

Submitted by Bandmaster Richard Carroll