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In Concert – Nottingham William Booth Memorial Halls Band

We are delighted to welcome the Nottingham William Booth Memorial Halls Band to Canterbury this November as they participate in the 2017 season of the internationally-acclaimed Canterbury Festival!

The band is the fourth oldest in The Salvation Army, formed at a time of strong opposition to the Army. Today it is an established part of the Nottinghamshire community undertaking engagements in both the UK and Europe.

With a mixture of contemporary and established Christian brass music and familiar secular pieces, the band – under the leadership of Bandmaster Richard Ellis – offers an uplifting musical programme combined with time for spiritual reflection.

Taken from the band’s website: “The aim of the band is, and always has been, to present the gospel message in music to all with whom they come into contact and to publicly witness to their love for God.”

An amazing evening of music awaits – for tickets, contact the Canterbury Festival Box Office on 01227 787787; alternatively, please visit the Festival website.

Festival of Music with BAE Systems Brass Band and Canterbury SA Songsters

A thoroughly-enjoyable festival of music was presented by the BAE Systems Brass Band and our own Songster Brigade (adult choir) from Canterbury Salvation Army. Over the years, the Band and The Salvation Army in Canterbury have established a strong bond, with many of our church members being associated with the Band in one way or another; this concert celebrated the relationship between the two groups and gave the opportunity to perform some great music together.

The Band commenced the evening with a traditional march from the Salvation Army repertoire, ‘The Red Shield’ (Henry C. Goffin). This was followed by an opportunity for everyone to join together and sing the hymn ‘Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven’. Corps Secretary Matthew Crick welcomed everyone to the event on behalf of the Corps, and handed over to Melvin White (Musical Director, BAE Systems Brass Band) who introduced and led the Band in two numbers from their recent repertoire: ‘Cortège from Mlada (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Gordon Langford) and ‘Selection from Les Misérables (Claude-Michel Schönberg). Carry on reading »

Festival of Music – BAE Systems Brass Band & Canterbury Salvation Army Songsters

Canterbury Salvation Army are pleased to host BAE Systems Brass Band – under the baton of their Musical Director Melvin White – in concert with our very own Songster Brigade (adult choir), led by Songster Leader Chris Ward.

There has been a close relationship between BAE Systems Brass Band and The Salvation Army in Canterbury for many years; this concert celebrates that relationship and promises to be a thoroughly-enjoyable evening!

The Band will present a varied programme with selected works from their vast repertoire of classical, secular and Salvation Army pieces. A significant feature on the music of SA composer Sir Dean Goffin will be made with the presentation of his epic test piece, Rhapsody in Brass. The Songsters’ contribution will be equally contrasting in style as well as theme, with one or two numbers chosen specifically for this evening’s event. A fitting finale will illustrate the close bond between the Band and Canterbury SA – it’s really not to be missed!

Come along to what will be an absolute treat, and don’t forget: it’s completely FREE (there will be the opportunity to give a donation via a retiring collection at the conclusion of the evening).
Light refreshments will also be available during the interval.

We look forward to seeing you at this evening of uplifting music!

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Canterbury SA Songsters Celebrate 100 Years

The Salvation Army turned 150 last year, and one way that we marked it here in Canterbury was with a huge timeline banner on the outside of our building celebrating key points across that long history. As part of the research for that banner, we realised that 2016 marks 100 years since the first recorded mention of a Salvation Army choir (or Songsters!) here in the city. Naturally, we wanted to celebrate this!

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You can listen to the whole Saturday evening concert – here on the page, or by downloading it to keep forever.

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For our Saturday evening festival, we joined forces with the Songster brigade from Margate Salvation Army. Following a rehearsal in the afternoon we were able to share a tea together, with sandwiches, sausage rolls and homemade lemonade. As the image at the top of this article shows we marked the big occasion with a big cake, which Songster Leader Chris Neeve and his deputy Chris Ward cut together. Carry on reading »

Visit of Boston Salvation Army Songsters

It was many months in the planning, but the preparations for the visit of Boston Salvation Army Songsters to Canterbury were well worth the effort! Much was packed into two days, with a concert, two Sunday meetings and an open-air and much great music, inspiring testimony and helpful prayer-times.

After a long journey and a welcome meal following the arrival of the choir, it was time for the Saturday evening festival. The Songsters kicked off with the upbeat ‘There’s Never Been a Mountain, before we moved into the more peaceful ‘I Lift My Hands’ and ‘My Simple Prayer.’

Other highlights of the evening included the pieces ‘The King’s Highway,’ ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Under His Wings,’ plus a wonderful item from the Boston Timbrelists and some poetry. Canterbury’s own Young People’s Band played Dorothy Gates arrangement ‘Jesus Paid It All.’

Photo of SongstersParticularly good to hear were moments of personal testimony from Duncan and Tina, who both spoke of time spent away from God and from church. God still found ways to speak to them, however. Duncan talked about his experience going to the final festival at The Salvation Army summer camp his daughter had attended and feeling God speaking to him; Tina shared how God spoke to her and made her less cynical and got her involved in the Army once more.

Sunday morning arrived and members of the Songsters returned to our hall from their overnight hosts ready for a meeting themed around ‘Rest’ – indeed, this is the piece of music they opened with. Prayers were centred around the unknown worries of those around us.

More testimonies from the Songsters focussed on the need to make time for God, as those who spoke shared their experiences of how the day-to-day routines of life (work, hobbies, family) can get in the way of reflection, prayer and church.

Other musical highlights of the service included ‘In This Quiet Moment’ and ‘O Rest in the Lord’ (a vocal solo from Emma), whilst our Bible reading came from Luke 5.

Photo of WendyCanterbury Salvation Army holds an open-air service most Sundays in the High Street, and our visiting musical group gave an opportunity for something a little different.

Our band’s music was added to by some vocal pieces from the Songsters and leader Wendy compared Christians to a packet of M&Ms! She pointed out the marking on each (Christians are marked as saved by God’s son), the variety of colours (we are all unique) and we all have something great on the inside (Jesus is with us)!

Lunch offered a chance to get to know each other a little better, as some of Canterbury Salvation Army stayed at the hall to help with the cooking and serving of a roast dinner to the visiting Songsters. Through conversation we discovered many more links between our two churches – family, friends, former leaders and more!

Photo of Songster at open-air service

3.30pm saw the start of our final event of the weekend. Canterbury SA Band played the piece ‘Rejoice,’ and we all enjoyed a monologue from Sue entitled ‘If I Could Sing Like Katherine’! Sue used to be a member of Boston Salvation Army Songsters before moving to Canterbury recently. The Songsters featured music included ‘Everywhere’ and ‘The Wonder of his Grace,’ as well as ‘Jesus, What a Saviour.’

‘Total Praise’ was Boston’s final piece of the two days, reminding us that all of our efforts were for God. Canterbury Salvation Army is so grateful to Boston Songsters for their work in making the weekend happen – both logistical and in their preparations for our services and the Saturday concert. The theming was helpful and varied, and everybody got something from the two days.

All of the photos from the weekend are on our Facebook page
All of the videos are on our YouTube page

Audience appreciate Music for a Summer’s Evening

A good-sized audience came to our hall to listen to a concert of ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening.’ We promoted the event across the city, including posters in the High Street, and were rewarded with a crowd ready to hear what the Band and Songsters had to offer.

The Band’s latest repertoire – including pieces such as ‘Soli, Deo Gloria’, ‘Cairo Red Shield’, ‘Joshua, Fit the Battle’ and ‘Guardian of my Soul’ – was broken up by contributions from the Songsters who presented ‘The Pilgrim Song’, ‘Hymn to the Conqueror’ and ‘The Wonder of his Grace’, the latter two of which Carry on reading »

Christmas music in Canterbury in 2014

Our musical groups have been busy across Canterbury this Christmas, as every Christmas. We take part in tens of events – carol services, our own Sunday worship, plus playing carols for the public in the High Street during December.

As we pack away our festive repertoire for another year, here we take a chance to look at a few pieces of music that our brass bands have used over the last few weeks. Hundreds of people will have heard us playing this music, and it is our prayer that something of the message of Jesus and of the hope that he brought to the world will have been felt. Carry on reading »

Canterbury Salvation Army Band at 125

In the last few centuries, the city of Canterbury has heard many sounds. From Cathedral bells and the chatter of market traders and shoppers to river users and the roar of motor cars – there can surely not have been a moment of quiet in all those years. Since Victorian times, there has been one sound in particular that will be familiar to many city residents; that of Canterbury Salvation Army Band. Its music has been integral to services at the church, and it has woven its way into much of the city’s life – services in the High Street, carolling at Christmas and many civic events are all supported by it.

This year, that band becomes 125 years old. My history in the band stretches back only three years, which is almost nothing proportionally – so I was keen to find out more about the group and its past. Twelve and a half decades is a long time; what has changed, and what stays the same? What has the band done so far in its life, and why does it do what it does? Carry on reading »