On Saturday 1 June 2019, the band took part in the main festival at Symphony Sounds at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. We considered it a huge privilege and honour to be asked to be part of the main festival, and were delighted to be able take our place on stage with the International Staff Band, the International Staff Songsters, the creative arts dancers and the massed singing companies.
The band provided items in both halves of the programme. In the first half we played Dean Goffin’s My Strength, My Tower.
The second half saw the band provide two individual items, the first the cornet and euphonium duet Time and Eternity (Bosanko) which featured Alex Ramsay (cornet) and Chris Shanks (euphonium). This was followed by the title track from our latest CD, Immeasurable (Blyth).
The finale of Symphony Sounds was performed by all the musical sections on the stage, and was a tribute to Major Joy Webb entitled Songs of Joy Webb.
Here’s an extract from the writeup of the evening by Music and Creative Arts – Scotland and Ireland Region:
Bellshill Salvation Army Band from West Scotland Division were also part of the main festival and were absolutely outstanding. Special mention must go to Bandmaster Yvonne Ferguson for the way in which she had prepared the band for this weekend, musically and spiritually and also to Alex Ramsay (cornet) and Chris Shanks (Euphonium) for outstanding contributions in ‘My Strength, My Tower’ and also the duet ‘Time and Eternity’. There was a beautiful stillness throughout the the auditorium as the audience held on to every bit of the last note in the piece.
We had a fantastic time at Symphony Sounds, and the band played superbly. A special mention must be made of soloist in Time and Eternity and My Strength, My Tower, Alex Ramsay (cornet) and Chris Shanks (euphonium), you played brilliantly. We are delighted with the very positive responses we have received to our music and our message. We hope as you watch the videos of our performances, you too will be blessed by our message.