Chatham Citadel Band and Songsters recently hosted an evening to celebrate the contribution made by Lt. Col. Ray Steadman-Allen to Salvation Army music following his admission to the Order of the Founder in 2005.The evening featured a selection of his work which, as we learned during an interview with Major Malcolm Westwood, would fill more than 60 CDs were all his compositions to be recorded! A near capacity crowd came to enjoy the music and to thank God for his ministry, together with his wife, Joy.The Songsters (Adrian Horwood) performed â€œWhosoever willâ€, â€œO lovely Nameâ€ and â€œChildhood Suiteâ€ and “RSA” conducted them in â€œThis age of Rocketsâ€. The Band (Carl Woodman) presented â€œHadleigh Campâ€, â€œDaystarâ€ and â€œHigh Councilâ€. The Band also accompanied Richard Phillips (Kettering) in a spectacular rendition of the Fantasia for Piano and Band â€œChrist is the Answerâ€. Kevin Ashman (Cornet -Maidstone) presented two solos â€œRhapsody on Spiritualsâ€ and â€œSing Hosannaâ€ and Adrian Horwood performed the euphonium solo â€œThe Conquerorâ€.
The Steadman-Allen family also took part in the event. Lt. Col. Joy Steadman-Allen brought the Bible message from Romans Chapter 8 and daughters Barbara and Rosemary sang the duet â€œTrust, Hope and Loveâ€ accompanied by their father at the piano. The congregation contributed to the final item of the evening, the singing of â€œThe day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended”.