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Visitors are always welcome to our rehearsals which are held on the second and fourth Mondays
of each month at the Bromley Temple Salvation Army Hall, Ethelbert Road, Bromley BR1 1HU.
The SLFB is open to mature, competent players who fall into one or more of the following categories-
i) are active, retired or former Salvation Army bandsmen
ii) are members of or regular attenders at other churches
iii) are sympathetic to The Salvation Army’s ethos and are committed to the Christian faith
Easter Meditation at Royal Tunbridge Wells
Holy Week encapsulates many emotions, events and celebrations: sorrow and joy; Calvary and the Resurrection. At the beginning of the Week, it has been the practice of the South London Fellowship Band to meet together for a meditation on all that Easter means. This year, as last, this Meditation was held at the Royal Tunbridge Wells Corps, the Band joining forces with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Songster Brigade and Major Mark Herbert (Divisional Commander, South East).
The Band set the scene by playing the hymn tunes Rockingham (When I survey the wondrous cross) and Fewster (When Jesus looked o’er Galilee). This was followed by Eric Ball’s 1959 arrangement of All in the April Evening. As with all Band contributions during the evening, Major Graham Kinsley had expertly arranged for the relevant song texts to be displayed on screen.
Major Mark opened the Meditation by inviting us all to listen, to share, to allow our souls to respond to the music – music that will stir things within that only God can inspire. The congregation was then invited to join in Albert Orsborn’s immortal words I know thee who thou art. A second opportunity for all to sing was later given with the Welsh Revival hymn Here is love vast as the ocean.
In the love of Jesus was first published as a vocal solo in 1961, although the melody, by William Hammond dates back to 1946. In arranging this for Hendon Band, Kenneth Downie writes “…I tried to meet the challenge of keeping the charm of Hammond’s melody and at the same time look for another layer of beauty, which might emerge from other aspects of the music.” This was followed by a Euphonium solo, Precious Jesus, sensitively played by the Band’s principal euphonium, Adrian Horwood – the arrangement being from the pen of Robert Redhead, based on Mervyn Clarke’s 1976 songster composition of the same name.
Morley Calvert (1928-1991) has just 14 brass compositions listed by The Salvation Army, many of them gems in the SA repertoire including his arrangement of My all is on the altar which was one of his earliest from 1954 and featured by the Band this evening. The trombone section later featured Dirk Krommenhoek’s arrangement of From that sacred hill.
A number of the musical contributions were based on folk melodies. The Songsters, under the leadership of Songster Leader Hazel Edwards, presented General Orsborn’s words The Charm of the Cross which had been married to an American-Irish melody, Mother Machree, by Norman Bearcroft, initially for use by the (then) newly-formed International Staff Songsters. Michael Wickham then conducted the Songsters in Isaac Watts words – When I survey the wondrous cross – which has been combined with an old Scottish melody O waly waly in an arrangement by Cliff Mathews. Towards the end of the evening, the Band featured The Christ of Calvary, an arrangement by Mervyn Clarke of the 18th century Scottish melody Annie Laurie.
Two items then invited us to consider the love of Jesus for us. First, the Band presented Noel Brooks arrangement of O how he loves you and me, followed by the Songsters singing O dearly has he loved, Howard Davies’s arrangement of There is a Green Hill (Major Davies appropriately indicates amorevole for the third verse – affectionately.)
The Songsters, who had been accompanied in fine style all evening by Lynda Spinney, presented their last contribution, Robert Sterling’s arrangement the David Meece song We are the reason:
We are the reason that He gave His life
We were the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost, He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live
Major Mark brought to us a Scripture passage from Isaiah 53, choosing the beauty of the King James Version and highlighting part of verse 3: and we esteemed him not. He challenged everyone present: What kind of King is this? We esteemed him not – we gave him no value, no thought, no priority in or lives. Yet he longs for his “subjects” to love him and waits by the gates of heaven day after day – the invitation that God gives to be in a relationship with him.
Spring Tea Party and Family Gathering
A group from the South London Fellowship Band supported the Salvation Army South London Division’s Spring Tea Party and Family Gathering held at Croydon Citadel.
As well as the SLFB (led on this occasion by Adrian Horwood), the Bromley Community Choir (led by Major John Smith(R) & Anthony Harris) provided music before, during and after each session in what was a very relaxed atmosphere. The day was attended by around 200 people drawn from the Salvation Army Corps’ in South London.
Other items included a fun item by the DHQ team and a vocal solo ‘Everywhere’ by Major Susan Woodgate accompanied by her husband at the piano. Divisional Commander Major Val Mylechreest spoke about how much more God has in store for each of us than we can ever imagine, based on Ephesians 3.
In addition to providing song accompaniments during the day, including a chorus arrangement arranged specially for the event, SLFB items during the sessions were ‘In the love of Jesus’, ‘All for thee’, ‘Songs of testimony’ and ‘All the world is waiting’ and preliminary music included ‘Hadleigh Camp’ & ‘ARC Centennial’ marches as well as ‘Lift up the banner’ & ‘Amazing Grace’.
Pictured is Major Graham Kinsley(R) receiving his award for his work on the sound system and IT presentation.
Visit to West Wickham URC 2018
The 24th annual concert by the South London Fellowship Band at the United Reform Church in West Wickham commenced in patriotic style with the march ‘Britannia’ after which the mood became more thoughtful by the playing of ‘Mid all the traffic’ leading to a prayer by Roger Gadsden.
After some warm comments of welcome, the congregation joined in singing ‘At the name of Jesus’ and then the first of a number of items from the ‘classical’ repertoire was presented by the band in the form of 3 movements from Schubert’s 5th Symphony.
Following this item our guests for the evening brother and sister Kirsten Nielson (violin and piano) and Tom Nielson (cornet, trumpet and Flugel horn) presented their first block of items.
Tom chose 2 contrasting items from the pen of Peter Graham which took us from the exciting cornet solo ‘Whirlwind’ to the more contemplative ‘A time for peace’ played on flugel horn.
Kristen’s items throughout the evening were from the classical repertoire and here she played the first movement of Vivaldi’s ‘concerto in A minor’ and Faure’s ‘Apres un reve’.
The band then formed into a male voice choir to sing ‘Whosoever Heareth’ which was followed by the playing of ‘Alone yet not alone’ featuring principal baritone player John Clarke and an item considered by many to be a Salvation Army classic ‘A pilgrim song’.
After refreshments provided by the URC, the second half of the programme commenced with the bright and demanding march ‘Call of the gospel’ following which, the congregation were given an opportunity to sing again with the very popular song ‘In Christ Alone’.
Our guests for the evening were again featured – Kristen played ‘Melodie’ by Gluck and ‘Meditation for Thais’ by Massenet followed by Tom with the melodic ‘Someone to watch over me’ by Joseph Turrin and the lively ‘Tico Tico’ by Abreu (arranged by Iveson). Kristen then demonstrated her versatility by playing the lovely ‘Girl with the flaxen hair’ at the piano.
A thought provoking period commenced with the playing of ‘All the world is waiting’ by the band, after which Adrian Horwood spoke about what the world is waiting for and led in to ‘Pie Jesu’ – words translated as ‘Merciful Lord, who lifted the world’s sins – grant us peace’ – which was a combined item of the band and both our guests.
The evening ended with the march ‘Bournemouth Centennial’
SLFB latest CD
A South London Celebration
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