The Divisional Fellowship Band

(The London North East Fellowship Band (February 2013))

The Divisional Fellowship Band is formed of bandsmen and women from the division who meet regularly to play and share Christian fellowship together. They regularly play concerts at a variety of venues around the division and the country.

History

The Band was officially formed in October 1985 under the title ‘East London Over 60s Band’ with Harold Sadler as the inaugural Bandmaster. They carried out a full programme which included the Essex Show, Royal Albert Hall, Leicester De Montfort Hall ,many civic and charity events plus visits to Salvation Army centres. Harold retired in 2002.

Leadership then was passed to Bandmaster Geoffrey Jordan who led the band from 2002 until 2007. The busy programme continued, taking part in the SA week at Butlins, a concert in Chichester Cathedral and a visit to Lowestoft followed by playing in Bury St. Edmunds Cathedral. In this period the bands name became ‘The London North East Senior Band

In Spring 2007 Bandmaster Ken Hillson was appointed. Since then many SA centres have been visited and, in 2011, the Band took part in a civic event in the presence of HRH the Duke of Gloucester. Each year the band has undertaken two day tours to places such as Rugby, Coventry Cathedral and Dudley, Hastings and Battle Abbey, Deal, Broadstairs and Margate also a weekend in Poole. In addition, the Band has played annually in Chelmsford cathedrals lunch time concert programme.

Guest conductors have been James Williams, Howard Evans, Richard Phillips, Derek Kane, Don Jenkins, Andrew Blyth and Ken Downie.

Reflecting the band aim of providing musical and spiritual opportunity for its mainly retired members, the name is now ‘The London NE Divisional Fellowship Band’ and currently has a membership of 37 and average age 71. They have a wide ranging repertoire of SA favourites, popular classics and contemporary show music and some very talented soloists.