The International Staff Band in Chatham

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  1. carlwoodman

    carlwoodman Member

    The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army will be giving a concert at the Chatham Citadel, Church Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BT on Wednesday evening 11th May 2005 at 7.30pm.

    Further details to follow in a week or so.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2005
  2. carlwoodman

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  3. carlwoodman

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    Not many tickets left now but contact Ian Minter as above for latest information.

    The programme is as follows;
    Fanfare to Worship (Stephen Ponsford)
    Crugybar (Kenneth Downie) Cornet soloist; Martyn Bryant
    Canadian Folk Song Suite (Morley Calvert)
    On Course (Norman Bearcroft) Cornet soloist; Kevin Ashman
    Canaan's Land (Peter Graham) Euphonium soloist; Derick Kane
    Tomado de la Mano (Erik Silfverberg)
    Vocal solo - Gary Rose
    Glorifico Aeternum (Dean Jones)

    INTERVAL

    Hallelujah Parade (Kevin Norbury)
    This I Know (Terry Camsey) Trombone soloist; Andrew Justice
    From that Sacred Hill (Dirk Kroemenhoek)
    Heart Beat (Leonard Ballantine)
    Shekinah (Kenneth Downie)
    On Ratcliff Highway (Ray Steadman-Allen)
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2005
  4. carlwoodman

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    It is always a great feeling when you are walking towards a Salvation Army hall and can see a queue of people up the road to get in to the meeting. This was the scene that greeted the almost capacity congregation at the Chatham Corps when the ISB came to present a midweek festival.

    The members of the ISB had travelled great distances in order to fulfil this engagement but their effort was rewarded by a packed hall and an enthusiastic welcome and response to their efforts.

    The festival commenced brightly with Steven Ponsford’s “Fanfare to Worship” which was immediately followed by Martyn Bryant’s reflective performance of “Crugybar” arranged by Kenneth Downie as a cornet solo. This item led us into a time of prayer.

    Morley Calvert’s “Canadian Folk Song Suite” was warmly received by the congregation and was followed by the band’s Principal Cornet, Kevin Ashman bringing a new cornet solo written especially for him by Norman Bearcroft. “On Course!” featured the tunes of “On the way to heaven”, “The Good Old Way” and “In Jesus’ Steps”. The solo provided Kevin with a daunting array of challenges, ranging from the technical fast passages requiring lip trills etc. to the more reflective arrangement of “In Jesus’ Steps”. The congregation showed their appreciation by their prolonged applause.

    Derick Kane, Principal Euphonium, then brought his solo contribution in the form of “Canaan’s Land” by Prof. Peter Graham. The solo, again composed especially for Derick, gave opportunity to explore the full range of the euphonium and its use by its requirement to play notes faster than the eye can see the valves moving! The passages requiring extreme virtuosity were contrasted by the slow melody, “ A little Star peeps O’er The Hill” which was charming.

    The band then bought the ever popular “ Tomado de la Mano” by Erik Silfverberg which set feet tapping. This was followed by bandsman Gary Rose bringing a reflective vocal/piano solo which was attentively received and appreciated by the congregation.

    The first half ended with Dean Jones’ “ Glorifico Aeternum”. This young composer has produced a wonderful major work which surely has already found a place in the ranks of the Army’s “great” band pieces. Bandmaster Stephen Cobb explained that Dean was among a number of young composers who were producing interesting new works for Salvation Army Bands which we all agreed was encouraging for the future. The band rose to the considerable challenge this piece represents both in its musical requirements and the stamina required to perform it to its full effect. The congregation’s appreciation of the performance was obvious and they barely let the piece end before showing their appreciation.

    The second half of the programme kicked of with Kevin Norbury’s “Hallelujah Parade” and then the congregational song “ Guide me, O thou great Jehovah”.

    Andrew Justice, Principal Trombone, then brought us the Terry Camsey solo “This I know”. The solo features one of General John Gowan’s songs, “Hundreds and Thousands”. The General was present and was greeted by Bandmaster Cobb and the congregation. This light hearted piece was well received.

    Bandmaster Cobb welcomed the former members of the ISB who had come to support the band at Chatham. Special mention was made of former ISB member Ron Symonds, now aged 91, but still fondly remembered for his many years of service in the ISB both as a drummer and vocalist.

    Leading up to the message brought by Major John Wainwright, the band played three pieces. Dick Krommenhoek’s “From that sacred hill”, Len Ballantine’s “Heart Beat” and Kenneth Downie’s “Shekinah”.

    The warmth of the trombone section’s sound in “ From that sacred hill” together with the words associated with the melody brought much blessing as did the four worship songs featured in “Heart Beat”.

    “Shekinah” featuring the words “ Spirit of the living God” led into the Message. Major Wainwright talked about how the Spirit worked in Biblical times and how it works in exactly the same way today. The congregation were challenged as to “did they see it that way?” and the thought was left with them.

    The final piece of the evening was “On Ratcliff Highway” by Col. Ray Steadman-Allen. The Bandmaster introduced the piece by referring to the Colonel as “one of the Army’s greatest, if not its greatest composer”. RSA, a soldier of Chatham Corps, then agreed to introduce the piece and explained its meaning to a congregation that included many non Salvationists. The band then presented an exciting rendition of this moving piece which made the congregation aware that the Army hasn’t always been welcome in this country and that we owe much to our forebears.

    Just when the congregation thought that this marvellous evening had come to an end the band struck up with Ray Farr’s arrangement of J S Bach’s famous ‘D Minor Toccata’. This electrifying performance led one onlooker to remark, “It’s a wonder they don’t explode!” This thrilling arrangement and performance concluded a wonderful evening which was very much appreciated by those who attended.

    Greg Davis
    Chatham Citadel Band
     

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