This concert will be live streamed in full HD on brassbanned.com. It takes place on Saturday 31 October at 7.00pm (Australian Time).
The bleary eyes and weary faces which met at the Divisional Headquarters on the eleventh day of the tour told us two things, firstly that the previous day had been a long one and secondly that it was another early start. After saying farewell to yet another great set of billets we boarded the coach towards Mt. Gambier.
After a great night’s sleep at our billets we made our way to Divisional Headquarters. Like much of the architecture that we have seen so far in Australia, the building was quite distinctive! Taking the form of a grand stately home with a veranda around the second-floor, this building was once a Salvation Army home for children. We were due to meet for "morning tea" but what greeted us was more of a "morning banquet"!
And so, after a great couple of days in Sydney, today saw the band move on to Adelaide. At this halfway point in the tour, many within the band are coming down with various ailments...sore throats and colds seem to be spreading like Aussie wildfires.
The regular ministry of the ISB tends to follow a familiar pattern of travel, Saturday evening festival, Sunday morning worship followed by an afternoon festival to finish the weekend.
In many ways the tour up to now has felt like a series of Saturday evening festivals and so it was good to arrive at Sunday and be able to meet together with the corps folk of Sydney Congress Hall to share in worship.
Prelude on the hymn tune 'Lavenham' composed by Geoffrey Nobes has been a popular piece on tour with the thought provoking lyrics being displayed on the screens whilst we have presented this piece of music.
There have been numerous requests for a copy of these lyrics. Here are the three verses from this hymn that we use with Geoffrey's arrangement.
We hope and pray that these will be helpful to you.
A feature of this tour has been the opportunity for all the Band to meet the audience at the end of each concert. As we pass out our ISB pins, people share their thoughts of the evening with us. This is often a humbling and yet encouraging experience, as we listen to instant feedback on the effect of our ministry. Tonight was no exception, with everyone, young and old, expressing how they had either been uplifted, blessed or encouraged by the event.
The International Staff Band play the popular Paul Lovett-Cooper piece written for the band in 2011 to celebrate the bands 120th anniversary. Recorded during the 2015 Australia Tour.
It was another 6am start today although this morning was different in as much as it was raining heavily. Mike Calland and I had the dubious honour of being first to breakfast, until we were interrupted by the next arrivals, Steve Hanover and Nigel Hills.