14 May 2022

Easter Music Course returns

Veronica Mitchell

The brass band at the Easter Music Course 2022
Paul Sharman conducts the band
With a feeling of anticipation, 50 delegates from all over the territory – plus two from Switzerland – made their way to Northampton to attend the Easter Music Course, writes Veronica Mitchell (Reading Central).

It was the first time in three years that they had been able to meet face-to-face and coming together again was like seeing family. They were looking forward to five days of music, Bible study, fellowship and fun, and they weren’t disappointed.

On arrival, the staff team welcomed them and gave delegates their schedule for the week. After an evening meal it was straight into band and vocal rehearsals led by Assistant Director of Music and Creative Arts (Brass and Choral) Paul Sharman and Bandmaster Bobby Irvine (Ayr) respectively. A getting-to-know-you session was followed by a quiz.

Bobby Irvine conducts the Easter Music Course singers
Bobby Irvine leaders the singers

Evening prayers have always been special. On the first night delegates remembered those of the fellowship who are no longer with them, in particular Major Paul Johnson, who had been the spiritual leader for many years and was sadly promoted to Glory just a few months ago. His place was taken by Captain Ian Standley (WBC).

Several new initiatives took place in the delegates’ free time, including pre-breakfast dance fit classes with Assistant Director of Music and Creative Arts (Creative Arts) Stephanie Lamplough, who also gave individual singing lessons. Other activities included a brass masterclass by Bandmaster Gavin Lamplough (Birmingham Citadel), a craft session and the opportunity to practise playing timbrels and then perform in the final revue.

Bible studies at Easter Music Course have always been a blessing, with visiting speakers each day. The delegates were ministered to in different ways by Major Richard Mingay (SISTAD), Major Val Mylechreest (South London DHQ) and Captain Ian.

The International Staff Songsters were special guests on Wednesday night
The International Staff Songsters were special guests on Wednesday night

Talent night is always memorable, this year featuring vocal solos, a trombone duet and a monologue.

A highlight of Wednesday was a programme by the International Staff Songsters (ISS), who travelled many miles to bless and challenge the delegates – and introduce an element of fun!

A celebration evening meal on Thursday was followed by an adaptation of Take-over Bid performed by the staff team.

After breakfast on Friday, delegates sang and played to each other in the musical review. They then gathered for a worship meeting that included a time of testimony.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the planning of such a splendid time. God bless you all.

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Veronica Mitchell

Reading Central

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