Welcome to our Web Site, where we hope to keep you up to date with our aims, activities and
events, so please keep in touch through these pages and feel free to contact us at any time
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
SLFB visit to Gravesend
Band members gathered for a time of fellowship over tea (always something to be looked forward to at Gravesend) before providing a programme of music on one of the hottest days of the year. As well as some exciting tennis going on at Wimbledon, the England football team had boosted everyone’s morale by qualifying for the semi-final of the World Cup. How better to end the day than by enjoying a programme of exciting and God glorifying music.
The Salvation Army ‘Founder’s song’, ‘O Boundless Salvation’, along with ‘Send the fire’ formed the theme of the opening march ‘Light-bringer’ by Martin Cordner. This bright and scintillating music was followed by Leonard Ballantine’s arrangement of ‘Mid all the traffic’ which brought listeners to that quiet place within ourselves where we invited God to come and dwell.
Corps Sergeant Major Richard Arnold piloted part of the programme and introduced the song for the congregation to sing – a recent arrangement by Norman Bearcroft of ‘I’ll stand for Christ’.
Given the National football team’s win earlier in the day, it was appropriate that the plans for the evening included a patriotic element and the programme continued with the march ‘Britannia’ by Kenneth Smith. This exciting music couples the nationalistic ‘Rule Britannia’ with the religious ‘Stand up for Jesus’ reflecting the nature of the evening.
Musical contrast came next from the ‘classical’ repertoire, in the form of an extract from Schubert’s Fifth Symphony arranged for brass band by Brian Bowen. Very much ‘light classical’ music, it has some delicate touches which came across in the playing. A solo came next with the stylish presentation of ‘Blessed Assurance’ – a trombone solo in salsa style written by William Himes and presented by Maurice Horwood, which was well received.
The song ‘Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord to thee’ followed in an arrangement by Kenneth Downie and titled ‘All for thee’ after which the congregation were reminded of the words ‘He who would valiant be’ in the Variations on that theme by Thomas Rive called ‘A pilgrim song’.
After an interval to try to cool down on this hot evening, the second half commenced with another exciting Martin Cordner arrangement ‘Call of the Gospel’ expressing the truth that ‘We have a gospel that matches the hour, we have discovered the true source of power…. Man has no meaning, no purpose, no soul, ‘til he discovers that God is his goal’. This was followed by the male voices singing Norman Bearcroft’ arrangement of ‘Simply trusting’ and the band playing Paul Sharman’s arrangement of ‘All the world is waiting’ before a bible presentation by the Band’s Chaplain, Roger Gadsden, linking the band’s item ‘A pilgrim song’ to John Bunyan’s pilgrim in his book ‘Pilgrim’s progress’.
The final section of the programme returned to the patriotic theme with a ‘last night of the proms’ type section. This included some of the favourites with which people could join in and sing; Jerusalem, I vow to thee my country, and Land of hope and glory but also included the virtuoso Euphonium solo ‘Brillante’ written by Peter Graham. This fast-moving, exciting piece, which includes an extended cadenza, took the breath away, not least for the soloist, Adrian Horwood, who showed his skill in dealing with the extensive range and volume of notes in this difficult solo.
So ended an evening of patriotic and Christian music – entertaining and challenging to all who attended.
SLFB latest CD
A South London Celebration
For full details and how to obtain your copy (£12.95 each), please click here
We have now added a Photo Gallery to our website which you can open by clicking on the button at the top of this page. If you view these as a slide show, you will get the benefit of seeing the images in full screen
- July 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- March 2017
- December 2016
- April 2016
- March 2016
- February 2016
- October 2015
- August 2015
- June 2015
- May 2015
- April 2015
- March 2015
- October 2014
- April 2014
- March 2014
- November 2013
- September 2013
- July 2013
- June 2013
- May 2013
- April 2013
- February 2013
- November 2012
- September 2012
- August 2012
- June 2012
- April 2012
- March 2012