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Southend High School for Buys - Concert Band 

Ray Clark

Sue Blyth

A surprised looking Hilary

The Christmas Season got off to a good start last weekend, with our first opportunity to sing carols to the shoppers of Chelmsford (photo's left).

The weekend was made even better on Saturday evening with our annual charity concert; this year in aid of the Farleigh Hospice.  We were joined by soloist Sue Blyth, the Concert Band of the  Southend High School for Boys (with a few girls ), and John Hull.  The whole evening was piloted through by Ray Clark from BBC Essex.  As you'd expect from that line up the music was a varied mix of Christmas Music.  The evening was topped off by the presentation of the cheque for 1365 to the hospice, and good evening in a good cause.

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We enjoyed an evening on the ocean waves on Sunday 16th October 2011, as the brigade led through the evening meeting with the theme of the sea, to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.  Highlights included the old favourite "The Lifeboat man" vocal solo by Chris Hull, and "Bound For Canaan's Shore".  The theme continued with the Singing Company's "Great Downpour", the band with "South Coast" Photo top right

The second event of the last fortnight was the dedication of Oliver - the newest addition to Joanne and Richard's lovely family.  With the meeting led by a proud Grandma and Grandad.  The meeting included Benjamin's favourite song of the moment "My God is a Great Big God"!

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The Songsters Leader in surprised mode for the At Home evening.

We've had a busy week to finish off the season.  Firstly our concert with the South London Fellowship Band (left) on Saturday 16th July was very well received.  It was a great evening and Cancer Research was the winner.

That was followed on Tuesday 19th July with our At Home evening, when friends and visitors are invited to come along and enjoy the rehearsal, and maybe have a sing if they want to.  As a special treat, those who practiced with us, were invited to join with us again on Sunday evening to sing in the Summer Songs of Praise evening.

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The musicians concentrate on the accompaniment.

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Our up and coming percussionist


We were pleased to welcome Boscombe Songsters on the 19th and 20th March.  We had a great weekend with them.  Their singing was not only of the standard you would expect from a brigade with their obviously high standards, but their Christian message was straight forward and clearly deeply felt - thanks for a n excellent visit and we look forward to renewing friendships when we return the visit.

Congratulations to Joanne and Richard on the birth of Oliver!

Left is the family arriving home with their newest voice.

December 2010 was a busy time as you would expect. Unfortunately we had to cancel our charity concert on the 4th, because of the snow, but we still managed to provide Christmas cheer at two older people's accommodation (photo below)

We also had the opportunity to take part in our annual Citizens' Carol Service (held for the first time in the local shopping centre - photo above), our own Corps Carol Service, and two periods of singing carols in the town centre.

We also had the unexpected pleasure of having one of our recordings featured on BBC Radio 2, and it would seem that Mary Sing Allelulia was a great success!

May we take this opportunity to wish all of our visitors a wonderful New Year, and every blessing for 2011



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