oday we share the arrangement, ‘Prelude on Lavenham’ (words by Nick Fawcett, arranged Geoffrey Nobes), played by our principal euphonium player and YP band leader Chris Shanks.
Several years ago Geoffrey Nobes, former Bandmaster of Portsmouth Citadel Band, composed a tune to words by hymn writer Nick Fawcett.
He dedicated this arrangement to the memory of his friend, Bandmaster Derek Wilding of Lavenham Corps.
Lord, there are times when I have to ask, ‘What?’ –
times when your love is not easy to spot.
What is life’s purpose and what of me here?’
Grant me some answers, Lord, make your will clear.
Lord there are times when I have to ask ‘Why?’ –
Times when catastrophe gives faith the lie.
Innocents suffer and evil holds sway,
Grant me some answers, Lord, teach me your way.
Lord, there are times when the questions run fast –
times when I fear that my faith may not last.
Help me, support me, Lord, help me get through.
Lead me through darkness till light shines anew.