PUBLISHED 01 December 2023
Members of our Swing Band brought their magic to a packed audience at The Salvation Army's community Carol Concert in Blackpool last night, performing alongside the Blackpool Citadel Band and Poulton St Chad's CE School Choir in the presence of the Worshipful Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Gillian Campbell and Deputy Mayor Councillor Major Adrian Hoyle.
The concert fundraised over £3.000 for Blackpool Salvation Army's work with people who are homeless. As well as celebrating Christmas, the concert was an opportunity to share the work of the Salvation Army, both locally and oversees. Music, carols and sermons were themed according to the key messages which brought to life The Work of Christmas: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among people, and to make music in the heart.
As always, the up-beat tempo of our Swing Band received rapturous applause, with their set-list including God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph/Frosty, I'll be home for Christmas, and for the finale, the foot-tappingly-good, A Big Band Christmas 2.
Next musical and Christmas events (all welcome):
1st December: Christmas Spectacular, featuring AKS Prep School and the Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band, OAKS Hall
9th December: Christmas Fair, OAKS Hall
13th December: Carol Concert, St Thomas' Church
26th December: Old Arnoldians vs Old Lidunians Boxing Day Rugby Match, Fylde RFC
25th - 27th January: Little Shop of Horrors musical, Lowther Pavilion