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Photo of the YP Band playing at St John's school

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 »

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 »

Easter 2014 in Canterbury

Easter is one of the occasions each year when, perhaps, the Christian faith is most visible in Canterbury with many events taking place throughout the city. For 2014’s Maundy Thursday, a new event was launched in the High Street. Christians from churches across the area were stationed outside M&S, offering passers-by the chance to get their shoes polished. This was as a symbolic gesture, a reminder of the way that the Bible describes Jesus humbling himself through washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper.

Good Friday began with a United service at Canterbury Baptist Church, with Easter songs and a thought-provoking message from Pastor Eric Harmer of Barton Evangelical Church. He spoke about how easy it can be for people to know the story of the crucifixion, but more difficult to fully understand its significance; the pain of Jesus’ death may be lost on us as we focus on the physical torture and forget the social and mental torment that he also endured. Easter is a time to remind ourselves and those we meet in the secular world of our belief in the impact of the events of the Gospels. 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…

Thursday

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.)

Carry on reading »

Young People’s Anniversary weekend

The Young People’s Anniversary weekend of 2013 proved to be an inspirational and energetic couple of days, combining music with powerful themes of courage and crossing over – particularly appropriate with the upcoming visit of the junior musical groups to Germany in mind.

Saturday

Saturday night of the weekend saw family, friends and members of the public enjoy a concert of music from the Young People’s Band and Singing Company.

With YP Band leader Keith Woodger unable to take care of the band over the weekend at short notice, Matthew Crick stepped in. The band played brilliantly, their hard work over several weeks and months on some difficult music paying off. Carry on reading »

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 »