Band practice 2

The Kenya Trust’s music programme continues to support the music development in the Kenya East territory and in 2011 a Territorial Music Leaders Seminar (the 10th of its kind) was held at Karen, close to Nairobi. This seminar, along with music schools and many other music tutorial activities held over the years since 1998, has been significant in producing good musical leaders and musicians. Music making has never been stronger than it currently is in Kenya and The Salvation Army’s evangelical programme is the richer for it.

The annual ‘Into Africa’ concerts at both Bristol (Easton) and Staines proved resounding successes in both music making and fund raising. The South West Fellowship Band and the Choral Quartet ffourtissimo produced a fine evening of music at Bristol. The quartet on its first visit there created a great impression.

At Staines Andrew Justice (trombone) and Sarah Denyer (vocal) were joined by Deryck Diffey (cornet) from Toronto in Canada to make up a trio of guest soloists displaying excellent talent. To cap it all legendary cornet player Derek Smith, visiting from New York, joined Deryck in a cornet duet. As if this wasn’t enough the Staines based Choral Group ‘Hallelujah Anyhow’ thrilled the audience with their presentation of songs and Staines Band provided capable accompaniments to the instrumental soloists as well as contributing band items. Thanks go to all performing guests for giving their time and talents free in assisting the work of the Trust.

In April 2012 a Territorial Brass Music School was held in Nairobi. The trust is indebted to Bristol Easton Corps for its £1000 sponsorship donation.

The 2013 TMS is taking place on April 1-8th 2013 at the OTC, Thika.