December 2015 once again gave the Songsters the opportunity to witness to
Christ's birth in town, and we were really pleased at the number of busy
shoppers who stopped to listen (and often sing along!)
On Saturday the 22nd June the brigade hosted a Sing-Along-A-Joseph event. A
chance to dress up and sing along with all of the familiar songs.
Even an opportunity to solo "alongside" Jason Donovan (at least
in your mind)
On the 17th and 18th May 2014, the brigade was privileged to lead worship at
Norwich Citadel. As you may expect, the welcome was warm, and the sunshine
was lovely. Our theme for the weekend was His-Story, and the Saturday
evening programme took those present through His-Story from creation
to Glory. Songs included, Jubilant Song, Can He Still Feel the Nails, and
Great Great Morning. Meetings were led through by our Commanding Officer,
Major Mark Sawyer.
The whole weekend was a time of blessing and honour to God for His great
creation, and the weekend was aptly brought to a close with God and
God Alone. To Him goes the glory.
Below the brigade opens the Saturday evening programme with Jubilant
More photos can be found here
It was a pleasure and privilege for the Corps and the brigade to host the
final weekend of the Sydney Staff Songster Tour of the UK. The Staff
Songsters were open and warm, and the joy that they experienced in their
worship was clear to see.
The hall was full for the Saturday evening festival, as the songsters
raised their voices with their unique blend of gospel music and aussie
humour. Their message on Sunday was equally clear and typically down to
earth. Typical comments from the congregation at every event was
"I just feel so blessed."
What better compliment could a brigade ask for!
God bless the brigade wherever you go, and safe journey home.
Saturday 7th December was the day of our annual Charity Concert. This year
it was on behalf of the Children's Society, and we were looking forward to a
great evening. Our guests were to be vocal soloist Susanna Offor and trumpet
soloist David Scott. Unfortunately Susanna was ill on the day, however
Anthony Harris stepped into the breach. Anthony is a wonderful tenor and
made the evening go with a real dingdong! with his choice of festive songs
and his ability to tell a story through his music, he had the audience
swaying and singing along.
David is an accomplished trumpeter, which he ably showed with pieces
including Concert etude and Zelda. He also brought a festive feel with his
medley on ballets.
The songsters supported of course, with pieces including the uplifting
Sing Gloria, and the beautiful, Sing Lullaby. This year we were also
supported by the Chelmsford Band, who brought a brightness to the
proceedings with Three King Swing, complete with Saxophone soloist, and
Frosty the Snowman, played by our own Eflat Tuba man Garry Smith.
The evening was brought to a rousing end with the entire audience singing
the Hallelujah Chorus. What a great evening!!
The final rehearsal, before the summer break was given over to one of the
brigade's Sing and Study evenings. It seems appropriate that the last thing
the brigade did, before taking a well earned rest, was to study God's word
Our chosen song on this occasion was the moving "Your Grace
Still Amazes Me", and as you would imagine, our study was around God's
wonderful, all encompassing grace.
As usual, the event was open to guests, and it was encouraging that so
many chose to join with us, to sing the song, and look into its deeper
Photo's right - Songster leader Joanne McIntosh with "Happy
Hands", one of the small groups in discussion and study, and (far
right) The brigade and friends in full voice.
Christmas got off to a great start on Saturday 1st December 2012 with a
charity concert arranged by the brigade. We were pleased to be joined by the
Chelmsford Citadel Band and special guests The Great British Barbershop Boys
(pictured left). The music of the evening ranged from classic to
modern from Gaudete and Trepak through Rutter's Candle light Carol to Great,
Great Joy. Through everything, the Christmas message was central to
the evening, and over £1400 was raised for the Special Care Baby Unit at
the local hospital.
The brigade enjoyed a great Saturday at Great Yarmouth on the 30th June.
The festivities started with an open- air concert in the afternoon, where
a number of the corps week day customers seemed to enjoy the music.
The Saturday evening festival was supported by the local corps band, with
a few songsters playing along.
Soloists included Sarah Holden, Chris Hull, and John Hull.
The evening was led through by Richard McIntosh.
Sunday the 8th of July was a day of mixed emotions for the corps at
Chelmsford. We celebrated three years of leadership by Majors Derek and
Susan Jones, but on the minus side we were also saying adieu as they head
off to become Divisional Commanders of the Mid and South Wales division.
Thanks Derek and Sue. Please be assured of our prayers as you move to
your new role.
Light Fingered Freddy aka Songster Michael Hardy
|On Saturday 3rd March, the brigade was excited wend its way
to the sunny south coast, to visit the corps as Boscombe for the
weekend. "Sunny" proved to be a bit misleading, at least
as far as the weather was concerned, but the welcome from the corps there
was certainly sunny! With help from Carl Carter on the piano and the
weekend got off to a bright start.
Any Songster programme is limited by the quality of its accompanists
- and we were fortunate to have Carl Carter (Piano) Simon Hull (bass) and
Daniel Schultz (percussion)
|The weekend was led by our own Commanding Officer (Major Sue
Jones), and the Saturday evening included a varied selection of songs, as
well a cornet solo from Songster Chris Hull, while the second half
of the programme was a tribute to retired Generals John Gowans and
The massed brigades in full voice - I Dare To Be Different
|Sunday was a day of worship and spiritual uplift. The
meetings were again led by Major Sue Jones, with contributions from the
songsters and the Boscombe Junior and Senior bands. their
contributions were both sensitive and complementary to the message of the
songsters and added a lot to the day.
link to some more photo's of the weekend
Click on the following links to see some of the things we've done over the last