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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 Salvation Army Hall, Ethelbert Road, Bromley.
The Band was formed in 1994 on the initiative of Major George Whittingham, a retired Salvation Army Officer and former Deputy Bandmaster of the International Staff Band and for many years Bandmaster of the Upper Norwood Band of the Salvation Army.
Major Whittingham saw the opportunity to create a further avenue of service and Christian fellowship for Salvationists either approaching or already enjoying retirement.
The SLFB is open to mature, competent players who fall into one or more of the following categories-
i) are active, retired or former SA bandsmen
ii) are members of or regular attendees at other churches
iii) are sympathetic to the SA’s ethos and are committed to the Christian faith
The Band was delighted to welcome Andrew Blyth, Assistant Territorial Music Director, to conduct a recent rehearsal. Virtually all of the evening was devoted to Leslie Condon’s masterly study for band of the Easter story, Easter Glory. Andrew’s reading of the score was directly linked to and drew heavily on the scriptures, providing us with an interpretation and depth of insight that brought new meaning to both scripture and this music. Les’ ability to graphically depict the extremes of grief and joy was captured and realised by Andrew and the Band responded to produce a most satisfying and highly musical reading. Of particular interest to the writer was Andrew’s constant focus on line and the shaping of phrases, for example in the third movement (Day of Resurrection) where the composer asks for Appassionata, and where Andrew’s ability to illustrate and demonstrate exactly what he was seeking was most helpful to the players.
During a poignant moment at the conclusion of a spiritual and uplifting evening, we were reminded that it is thirty years ago this Christmas since Les’ untimely passing.
We thank Andrew for taking time out of a very busy schedule to share his musical gifts with us and we look forward with great anticipation to his leadership of SLFB’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations on 27/28 September 2014 at Bromley Temple.
Major George Whittingham has relinquished his position as Conductor of the South London Fellowship Band (SLFB) after 19 years. The Major had a lifetimes experience of brass banding at the highest levels which included Deputy Bandmaster of The International Staff Band and Bandmaster of The Upper Norwood Band of The Salvation Army. He founded the SLFB in 1994 and developed the Band to a standard whereby it successfully undertook many concerts, away weekends and tours as well as recording six CDs. He will be succeeded as Musical Director by Darrell Scholes, the Band’s present Associate Conductor, who is an accomplished player, musician and conductor with a wide experience of Salvation Army banding. The Band wishes to place on record its grateful thanks and appreciation to George for his devoted and inspired musicianship, leadership and commitment throughout this long period and wishes him well for the future.
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If you would like to read the latest issue of the Band’s news letter”Fellowship News”, please contact the editor Phil Edwards at email@example.com and he will be happy to email this to you
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