Visit to Lurgan, August 2012

Having been brought up on a diet of brass band music, I wasn’t sure what to expect from your group. Wind ensembles isn’t something that I often listen to and I was intrigued as to how music written for brass bands would work for such a group. I now can’t believe I even doubted it.

SASWE at Lurgan

I just want to say how much I enjoyed your weekend in Lurgan. I loved the obvious sincerity of the group and the fact that you enjoyed and meant everything that you did. I can only imagine how difficult it is for people who aren’t able to use their prefered instruments within SA brass bands, and for them to have this opportunity is just fantastic. The ministry of the Sunday morning meeting is something that I will remember for a long time. I have several musical highlights from the weekend also. Some of the sounds produced from the ensemble especially during the more major works were superb but for me the highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the playing of Power of your Love. The emotion I felt during the playing of this piece is something that I would love to bottle.

SASWE at Lurgan

I think I have gone on long enough but I wanted to express some of my thoughts and feelings about your group and their visit. Hopefully the ensemble continues to proclaim the gospel in this way and I pray that God will help you to bless many more people through your “Songs of Praises”.

John Murdock
Lurgan Salvation Army