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 »
Young People’s Band provide music for the Queen’s birthday
Members of Canterbury Salvation Army Young People’s Band (plus a couple of helpers) provided live music at St John’s Church of England Primary School during their Tea Party in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
The Band presented pieces from their own repertoire as well as several patriotic and classical favourites, including ‘I Vow To Thee, My Country’, ‘The Sailor’s Hornpipe’ and ‘Rule Britannia’ to much flag-waving and singing from the pupils, staff and visitors. 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.’
Particularly 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.
Canterbury 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!
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.
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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 »
Teenagers’ Easter Monday visit to Greenwich
A small group of the teenagers from Canterbury SA had a great time when they visited Greenwich on Easter’s bank holiday Monday. An early start (for those under 20, anything involving the morning is early!) meant that we were in Greenwich area by around 11am, even allowing for the closed train lines and complicated routes. We broke off into small groups, each exploring the different attractions of the area.
One group visited the British Music Experience at the O2, a hands-on exhibition of modern British pop music. Another visited the Emirates Air Line, a cable car over the River Thames. Yet another visited the Cutty Sark, the world famous tea clipper. Carry on reading »
YP Band and Singing Company visit Germany
It was at least a year in the planning, with organisers having to overcome barriers of language and distance – but the result was a very successful week in Germany for the Young People’s Band and Singing Company of Canterbury Salvation Army. They and their adult helpers (pictured in the German sunset on the right) arrived home tonight feeling a little more weary than they had five days previously, but certainly more inspired and closer as a group. Here’s a run down of the week…
Those walking down Canterbury High Street just before 7am on the 25th July 2013 would have seen a coach parked by the entrance to Whitehorse Lane with around 35 people loading up bags, boxes and instruments onto it. Yes, the day had finally arrived for the tour to begin – which meant an awful lot of equipment had to be loaded! (See the photo on the left.)
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Canterbury YP Band visit Maidstone
Canterbury Young People’s Band had a great time at Maidstone Salvation Army as they led a concert of music – a taster for their forthcoming tour of Germany in July.
The evening opened with the march ‘Happy All The Day’, composed by Canterbury Salvation Army’s own Christopher Ward, and set the tone for an enjoyable evening.
Prayer time was led by Joseph Halliday, who described how he sometimes uses the childhood ‘teaspoon’ model of prayer to ensure a balance in what he prays for, before asking God to bless the evening ahead.
The concert presented a wealth of soloists, each using their talents to perform everything from a vocal solo, to cornet and euphonium features – with even a snare drum solo being included! A host of other pieces and styles were enjoyed by the audience: ‘Somebody Prayed’, ‘Let There Be Praise’ and ‘A New Dimension’ being just a few. Carry on reading »