We spent Sunday 9th December sharing the message of Christmas with the people of Angus. Our first stop of the day was in Forfar, where we shared morning worship with the people of St Margaret’s Parish church.
We started the programme with two pieces in contrast A Christmas Festival and Midwinter. After the band played the Disney favourite, Let It Go, Allan Scott shared a children’s story.
During the service the band also played Carol of the Bells and Prelude on ‘Quem Pastores’.
The programme included a couple of soloists. First was Daniel McMillan who shared the lovely vocal solo Joseph’s Lullaby. Our second soloist was YPBL Chris Shanks who played the euphonium solo In Gardens Of Peace which led us into a more reflective time in the programme. Allan Scott shared some moments of reflection before the band concluded this time by playing Who Is He?
The band closed worship by playing an arrangement of Jingle Bells.
Our second stop of the day was at Glamis Castle where we were able to play so Christmas Carols, including some requests from those who stopped to listen.
The final service of the day was at Lowson Memorial Church in Forfar
Soloists tonight were:
– Lynn Shanks with the flugel horn solo In the Bleak Midwinter
– Daniel McMillan with the vocal solo Joseph’s Lullaby
Items from the band included:
– Christmas Praise
– Christmas Triptych
– Carol of the Bells
– Christmas Lullaby
– Yuletide Rag
– Prelude on ‘Quem Pastores’
– Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The programme also include an item by the timbrels to Shine Down.
The reflective part of the programme started with YP Band Leader Chris Shanks playing the euphonium solo In Gardens of Peace before Band Sergeant David Kendall spoke on ‘The word became flesh’. The band concluded this part of the programme by playing Who Is He?
Before the final carol of the evening, the band played Jingle Bells during which we had a visit from a very special guest!
Throughout the day monies raised were for The Inspiration Orchestra, which is a project aimed at enabling disabled people to play beautiful music.
The band once again enjoyed an excellent day in Angus and so we thank everyone in St Margaret’s Parish Church Forfar and Glamis Castle and also Lowson Memorial church in Forfar, for their warm welcome and their hospitality.
Thank you also to those who came along and supported the band today.