Continuing the purpose of reaching out to the Community, Sale Corps Band hosted an evening of music entitled “For a Summer’s Evening”. The choir from St Mary’s Primary School were the special guests and our own Lucy Lamplough was the flute soloist.

The band opened the programme with a bright march “The Phoenician” (Residents of Phoenix Arizona are so titled) The composer Ralph Pearce is the Divisional Music Director for the Salvation Army based in Phoenix. In contrast and as a prelude to prayer the band played “Turn your eyes upon Jesus”. The first group of songs from the choir included “Mother Goose meets Mozart” a really fun number in which the children displayed their excellent response to the leader. The band gave a spirited rendition of “In the Light” described as a “Gallup” which raises the tempo somewhat! Lucy as always delighted the audience with her prowess on the flute with excellent piano accompaniment from Nick Crowhurst. The choir demonstrated their lovely singing of “You raise me up” and in contrast “The Roller Ghoster”

A point most worthy to note was the fact that the choir contributed some nine songs during the evening all sung from memory and two part harmonies too! In the prelude to Nigel Reece's devotional pause for thought the band played the meditation “Worship”. The band's percussionist demanded help so he picked a dozen or so assistants from the choir to assist in the band's rendition of “Ask” (A chorus from a Gowans and Larsson musical). The kids did a fantastic performance using a variety of “noise making” implements ! “Read all about it” was the final song from the St Mary's school choir. The evening closed with the Band's playing of “A Celtic Blessing”. Often not recognised is the excellent audio visual work of Ian Burrows, his various power point slides enhanced the evening's programme.

Ernie Young