A day in Angus 08/12/2019

We spent Sunday 8th December sharing the message of Christmas with the people of Angus. Our first stop of the day was in Kirriemuir, where we shared morning worship with the people of Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church.

Worship was led by David Kendall and was split into different sections

  • An angel visits Mary
  • Mary’s relatives
  • An angel visits Joseph
  • Jesus’ birth

During worship the band contributed several items

  • Christmas Flourishes
  • Mary, Did You Know?
  • Prelude on ‘Quem Pastores’

The programme featured several soloists

  • Lynn Shanks shared an arrangement of Away In A Manger as a flugelhorn horn solo
  • Chris Shanks played the euphonium solo In Gardens of Peace
  • Marjory Watson shared the vocal solo Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

The meeting also included a children’s spot by Dayna Mathie.

After lunch at Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church, we moved onto our second stop of the day, Whitehills Hospital in Forfar, where we were shared carols with some of the patients, visitors and staff.

It was then onto Lowson Memorial Church in Forfar to set up for the final service of the day. After setting up in Lowson, we went to the Forfar branch of Legion Scotland (as we always do) for dinner. We then made the short journey back to Lowson for the final meeting of the day.

A capacity crowd joined us in Lowson for the carol service. We got off to a great start with the band marching into the church playing Christmas Praise.

Other items from the band tonight included

  • Winter’s Snow
  • A Christmas Bolero
  • Carol of the Bells
  • A Christmas Finale
  • Celebrate the Season

Several soloists were also featured

  • Chris Shanks played the euphonium solo In Gardens of Peace
  • Daniel McMillan sang the vocal solo Jesus, What a Wonderful Child
  • Marjory Watson sang the vocal solo Saviour’s Day

The reflective part of the programme started with the band playing Christmas Idyll before Allan Scott shared some reflections. This part of the programme was concluded by the band playing Who Is He?, which featured Lynn Shanks on flugelhorn horn.

During the programme the timbrels played to the march Goldcrest. And when the band played Jingle Bells, we had a visit from a very special guest!

Throughout the day monies raised were for the Forfar branch of Legion Scotland. We are delighted to say that, just today, almost £1,400 was raised.

We once again enjoyed an excellent day in Angus and are so grateful for the warm welcome we received from everyone at Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish church in Kirriemuir, Whitehills Hospital and Lowson Memorial church in Forfar.

We are grateful to everyone who came along and supported the band and gave so generously.

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