|1||Call of the Gospel||Martin Cordner||SP&S||3.53|
|2||Deep Harmony||Parker arr. Roy Newsome||Prima Vista Musikk||3.33|
|3||Jubilance||William Himes||SP&S||Cornet Soloist - Alex Ramsay||8.55|
|4||Lift up your Voice||Stephen Bulla||SP&S||2.29|
|5||Euphony||Robert Redhead||SP&S||Euphonium Soloist - Chris Shanks||7.46|
|6||I Love you, Lord||Laurie Klein arr. Howard Davies||House of Mercy Music/Maranatha!||4.40|
|8||Time and Eternity||Ivor Bosanko||SP&S||Cornet - Alex Ramsay and Euphonium - Chris Shanks||6.37|
|9||The Adventurers||Martin Cordner||SP&S||7.14|
|10||Hide me now||Reuben Morgan arr. Paul Sharman||M/S||3.23|
|12||The Prayer||Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster arr. Frank Bernaerts||Faber Music||4.54|
This is the first CD under Bandmaster Yvonne Ferguson and she has chosen a lovely balanced programme of music for us to enjoy. The CD starts with the first of two pieces by Martin Cordner. Call of the Gospel is a bright opener that was originally written for the London Fellowship Band and features the familiar song from the Gowans and Larsson musical Take-over Bid; We have a Gospel. The bands warm sound is instantly evident and this secure reading gets the CD off to a good start, before a change of mood ensues with the late Dr. Roy Newsome's arrangement of what is commonly known as the bandsman's hymn, Deep Harmony.
It is great to see fine bands encouraging their younger players, who clearly have the talent to shine in principal seats. I would encourage you to buy this CD and hope you enjoy the pleasant blend of contrasting styles.
The band is fortunate to have two exceptional soloists in Alex Ramsay (cornet) and Chris Shanks (euphonium), who, besides featuring in their respective solos of 'Jubilance' and 'Euphony', unite to play Ivor Bosanko's duet 'Time And Eternity'.
The title track is a new work by Andrew Blyth that takes the form of a festival prelude. It provides a new and interesting slant on the tune 'Penlan' with its associated final verse 'Green pastures are before me...'
The treatment is thought provoking and well directed by Bandmaster Yvonne Ferguson, whose attention to detail and musical approach is a feature of the recording. This band of hardworking Salvationist musicians offer the best that they can be to the Lord. We should not be surprised that their music is being used by God to touch the hearts of many listeners.