Kettering Citadel Songsters and Band visit Rothwell March 2016

Kettering Citadel Band and Songsters joined forces for this event, a concert to raise money for the community work of Rothwell Salvation Army Corp. The venue was the Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell, a Church that is not strange to the Band, as they have recorded their CD’s here a number of times.

A large audience gathered and heard the Band begin with ‘Call of the Gospel’ by Martin Cordner, a reminder that this was a concert but with a gospel message for all. The band brought a diverse range of pieces from ‘Breezing Down Broadway’, ‘The Golden Pen’, ‘Make His Praise Glorious’ and Redheads ‘Quintessence’. A piece of music which has featured a few times in recent events is Prelude to ‘Lavenham’ by Geoff Nobes, and the depth of sensitivity in the playing of this piece reflected the words attached to the tune.

Lord, there are times when I have to ask, ‘Why?’
Times when catastrophe gives faith the lie.
Innocents suffer and evil holds sway,
Grant me some answers Lord, teach me your way.

Lord, there are times when I have to ask, ‘Where?’
Times when it seems that you simply don’t care.
Though I call out, you seem distant, aloof,
Grant me some answers Lord, show me your proof.

Lord, there are times when I have to ask, ‘What?’
Times when your love is not easy to spot.
What is life’s purpose and what of me here?
Grant me some answers Lord, make your will clear.

Lord, there are times when I have to ask ‘How?’
Times when what’s preached doesn’t square with life now.
Wrestling with doubt I ask ‘how can this be?’
Grant me some answers Lord, help me to see.

Lord, there are times when the questions run fast.
Times when I fear that my faith may not last.
Help me, support me, Lord help me get through.
Lead me through darkness, till light shines anew.

Kettering Citadel Songsters brought their contribution in 3 sections. The first included ‘Sing & Rejoice’, the beautiful ‘Bow the Knee’ during which you could have heard a pin drop in the Church and ‘Power in the Blood’. The second spot started with a modern version of the song Amazing Grace called ‘How Sweet the Sound’ followed by ‘I Bring Them to Jesus’ and ‘Christ for the Whole Wide World’. The final section of songs from the Songsters included ‘Wings as Eagles’ and ‘Praise His Holy Name’

Bandsman Gary Rose pleased the audience with the Euphonium Solo, Napoli, as always a very polished performance from an extremely talented yet humble Bandsman. Lt. Col. Jack Hassard guided the programme through and our thanks go to him once again for his support of the Band and Songsters, not only during the concert but during rehearsal times too. His informative and witty comments were well received by the congregation. Thank you to all involved for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of music and ministry.

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