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 5th - Music for a Christmas Evening

Music for a Christmas Evening 5th December 2014

On a very cold December evening outside, a good crowd gathered in Bellshill SA tonight for Music for a Christmas Evening. Sadly one of our guest soloist for the evening Alex Ramsay (cornet) had to call off due to work commitments, but we were delighted that we were able to enjoy the music presented by Matt Ramsay (vocal). Lynn Shanks (flugel horn), Chris Shanks (euphonium) and BSAB.

The highlights of the programme were Matt Ramsay's vocal solos Grown Up Christmas and O Holy Night; Lynn Shanks' flugel horn solo Away In A Manger and Chris Shanks' euphonium solo Midwinter; and the band piece Rudolph Around The World. The full programme from the night is available here.

The main reason for tonight's musical programme was to raise money for St Andrew's Hospice, so Rosaleen McKenna from St Andrew's Hospice informed the congregation of the work undertaken by the hospice, it's fundraising efforts and the how much money is required on a weekly basis to run the it. No tickets were sold in advance of tonight, however a collection was taken during the evening which raised well over £600. A cheque for this amount was presented to Rosaleen before the end of the evening.

We are very gratefulto Matt Ramsay (Govan) for his fantastic vocal solos which were very enthusiastically received by the congregation. We also thank Lynn and Chris Shanks for their solos, as well as everyone in BSAB for their musical contributions to the programme too.

We thank everyone who came along and supported this event and for the fantastic amount of money that was raised for St Andrew's Hospice.
by BSAB webmaster Dorothy Neil (17th January 2015)

 7th - Uddingston Cross 

Every year the band goes to Uddingston on the first Sunday of December to play carols, and this year was no different, as an ensemble from the band played carols for the local community at Uddingston Cross on a wet December afternoon.
by BSAB webmaster Dorothy Neil (17th January 2015)

 7th - Larbert High School

The final event of today, saw the band travel through to Larbert High School to take part in a Christmas Concert for Larbert Pentecostal Church.

Larbert High School (LPC)

It was cold and wet outside, but inside the hall was packed, and the spirit of Christmas was definitely present as the band provided a number of items during two parts of this evening's programme, including It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Mary, Did You Know?, French Christmas, A Christmas Finale, The Shining Star, Rudolph Around The World, A Christmas Bolero and Who Is He?

 

There were three soloists featured in the items: Lynn Shanks (flugel horn) played Away In A Manger; Chris Shanks (euphonium) played Midwinter; and Alex Ramsay (cornet) provided the solo in Who Is He?

by BSAB webmaster Dorothy Neil (17th January 2015)

 9th - Old Monkland Church 

On a very wet and windy Tuesday night, the band paid its annual Christmas visit to Old Monkland Church. It was great to see the church hall packed with those wanting to hear the Christmas message through the band's music.

 

The programme featured several soloists tonight: Daniel McMillan (vocal) sang I Believe; Alex Ramsay (cornet) played Candlelight Carol as well as providing the solo in Who Is He?; and David Ferguson (Tuba) and Chris Shanks (euphonium) played the duet Frosty the Snowman.

 

The full programme for the evening can be found here.

 

The congregation got the chance to join with the band in singing several carols during the programme, as well as singing Jingle Bells at the end of the programme. During Jingle Bells we even had a visit from a very special guest!

by BSAB webmaster Dorothy Neil (19th January 2015)

 14th - Visit to Carnoustie and Forfar

For the last number of years, the band has headed to Forfar for a Sunday in December to lead worship in several locations, and raise money for a selected charity. This year was no different as once again we headed to Angus for a long and very busy day, as first we headed to a church in Carnoustie, before heading to Forfar to first of all take part in Major Jim McCluskey's retirement service and lead the carol service in Forfar.

The trio Live To Tell we due to travel with us again this year, however illness meant only one of three members was able to join with us, so instead of singing as part of the Live To Tell trio, Daniel McMillan sang several solos during the days.

 11.00am - Carnoustie Parish Church, Carnoustie

A good crowd gathered in Carnoustie Parish Church to join with the band in morning worship.

BSAB at Carnoustie Church

The programme featured two vocal solos from Daniel McMillan, Wherever You Are and I Believe, as well as the cornet solo Candlelight Carol which was played by Alex Ramsay. Alex also played to cornet solo in Who Is He, which led into the bible message by David Kendall which challenged us, who is God to us?

 

Who is He in yonder stall

At Whose feet the shepherds fall?

Who is He in deep distress,

Fasting in the wilderness?

 

’Tis the Lord! O wondrous story!

’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!

At His feet we humbly fall,

Crown Him! crown Him, Lord of all

by BSAB webmaster Dorothy Neil (10th February 2015)

 2.30pm - Retiral service for Major Jim McCluskey @ Lowson Memorial Church, Forfar

In the afternoon, the band were privileged to be part of the retirement service for Major Jim McCluskey at Lowson Memorial church in Forfar.

Major Jim McCluskey retiral

The meeting started with the band playing the festival march Celebration, during which Jim marched into the church behind his session flag. Major Brian Slinn performed Jim's retrial ceremony. This was followed by the band playing the wonderful Kingdom Triumphant which Jim had specially requested.

 

The band finished the meeting with a piece which was especially written by Paul Drury for the band, for the opening of the new army hall in Bellshill, earlier this year, and is called God's Covenanters.

by BSAB webmaster Dorothy Neil (10th February 2015)

 6.30pm - Lowson Memorial Church, Forfar

As always, the final meeting of our day in Forfar was a Christmas Concert in Lowson Memorial Church in Forfar.

 

Each year the monies raised during the day go towards a good cause and this year was no different, as the chosen recipient was the Scottish Air Ambulance Service. During the meeting Major Jim McCluskey presented a cheque for the fantastic amount of over £1,100 to the Air Ambulance Service.

BSAB at Lowson Memorial Church, Forfar

The programme tonight featured two vocal solos from Daniel McMillan, He Will Carry You and I Believe, the flugel horn solo Away In a Manger by Lynn Shanks, and Chris Shanks playing the euphonium solo O Holy Night. Lynn also played the solo in Who Is He, which followed the bible message by David Kendall which challenged us, Who Is He?

He is the light of the world, the Son of God.

 

Who Is He?

 

Who is He in yonder stall

At Whose feet the shepherds fall?

Who is He in deep distress,

Fasting in the wilderness?

 

’Tis the Lord! O wondrous story!

’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!

At His feet we humbly fall,

Crown Him! crown Him, Lord of all!

 

Many thanks to all who came along to Carnoustie Church or Lowson Memorial to support the band, it is much appreciated.

 

Well done to BSAB for another successful day in Angus reminding everyone of the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

by BSAB webmaster Dorothy Neil (10th February 2015)

  16th - Airdrie Ebenezer Church, Airdrie

This evening the band traveled to Airdrie to participate in a Carol Concert at Airdrie Ebenezer Church.

The band played several items including Still, Still, Still, The Coventry Carol and Rudolph around the World.

The featured soloists were Daniel McMillan (vocal), Alex Ramsay (cornet) and Chris Shanks (euphonium).

The congregation were also in fine voice as they joined in singing a number of carols.

During his thought David Kendall challenged both the gathered congregation and the band to think of "Who is He to you?" before the band played the beautiful Richard Phillips arrangement of Who Is He.
by Andrew Berry (16th December 2014)
 


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