Like musicians the world over, we can’t meet to rehearse or perform at the moment. This weekend we should have been at Morley, but instead we’ve been playing at home – and thought we’d give you a bit of an insight into what that looks like…
The soundtrack to this video is SASWE playing Keep Me Praising by our very own Musical Director, Andrew Mackereth.
The visit of The Salvation Army Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Musical Director- Andrew Mackereth) to Hull Citadel resulted in a wonderful evening. The well selected programme using music from the pens of William Himes, Kevin Horner, Steve Gibson, Alan Laken, Michael Babb and Andrew Mackereth gave a well balanced of entertainment with a strong message.
Vocalist, Mel Page, contributed with some amazing singing which added to the feel of the evening.
Between items, M D Andrew told some amusing stories of the time he spent in “ULL” as a youth when his parents served as Officers at Hull’s William Booth Mansions.
The final item of the festival was a new composition by Andrew entitled “ Now I See” which featured the band and vocalists, a fitting end to a very moving evening that will be remembered for a long time by all those who attended.
The welcome return visit of the Salvation Army Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SASWE) to WORTHING marked its own 25th anniversary and the 135th of the home corps band. As the opening piece stated, it was a ‘Cause for Celebration’. However, there was from the start no doubt that it was Jesus who was celebrated throughout the weekend.
The Saturday evening festival was compered by the SASWE co-founder and bandmaster Andrew Mackereth in his inimitable user-friendly style. He had immediate rapport with the audience which included some who came simply because of a mention in the local paper. The music comprised compositions and arrangements by present and former SASWE members Alan Laken, Michael Babb, Kevin Horner and the bandmaster, and included thought-provoking reflection from flautist Lieutenant Kate Gregory and three gospel songs from the corps songsters.
Five members of Worthing Band were among the SASWE instrumentalists – six if you include corps officer Major Marian Parker who sat in with the percussion on the Sunday. The morning worship took as its theme ‘There is Room’, the title of a new piece by Bandmaster Mackereth based on the song ‘Thou didst leave thy throne’. Percussionist Mark Hamilton and clarinettist Rachel Frost testified, and SASWE chaplain and saxophonist Peter Bale gave the Bible message. The band played again after the benediction, and when the bandmaster turned to the congregation with the remark ‘Do you want another?’ the immediate and enthusiastic response was evidence of the attractiveness and effectiveness of the SASWE mission.
SASWE (Salvation Army Symphonic Wind Ensemble ) assembled in Bristol from all parts of the UK territory to help raise much needed funds for The Kenya Trust.
Hosted by Bristol Easton the Saturday concert was presented at Staple Hill, due to renovations taking place in the host corps building. A full hall enjoyed a varied programme, compered in an amiable fashion by SASWE’s leader, Andrew Mackereth, supported by Bristol Easton Songsters. A highlight was both groups combining to perform Dry your tears Africa which gave a real flavour of the continent.
Sunday morning worship was conducted by the group at Bristol Citadel where congregations from both Easton and Citadel combined, and were supported by the Citadel Songster Brigade. The week-end concluded with lunch in the Community Hall at Bristol Easton, for members of SASWE and their hosts.
A total of over £3000 was raised which will go towards providing improved library facilities for the SA Children’s Home in Mombasa. The Trustees acknowledge thanks to Staple Hill and Bristol Citadel corps and SASWE who provided a Christian music message with a difference. – MO