A Spring Festival for Haiti Hospital Appeal

An enthusiastic audience greeted the South London Fellowship Band (Bandmaster Major George Whittingham) and guests for a Spring Festival in support of the Haiti Hospital Appeal. The event was held at Emmanuel United Reformed Church, West Wickham, on 12 March 2010.

The classic opening march, The Young Salvationist (Bramwell Coles) set the scene for an evening that was to highlight the vast diversity of the Salvation Army music repertoire. Other band items included Jubliation (James Curnow), Praise (Wilfred Heaton), Hymns of Praise (Goff Richards) and a major work for brass band by Edward Gregson, Variations on “Laudate Dominum”. In contrast to the brass items, the band’s male voice choir sang Rock of Ages.

Alan Moyse, the band’s principal cornet, gave a polished performance of Clear Skies (Eric Ball), and guest euphonium soloist Simon Birkett produced exemplary performances of The Song of the Brother (Erik Leidzén) and In Christ Alone.

The lyrical tenor voice of guest vocal soloist Major Paul Main lent itself well to his choice of items, resulting in moving performances of Christ Alone, Nothing but Thy Blood, The Road and There Will Be God.

Following an appeal from the Emmanuel Church minister, Reverend Bill Bowman, over £900 was raised for the Haiti Hospital Appeal.

South London Fellowship Band web site, original report by Roy Horscroft