When you think about The Salvation Army, your first thought may be of brass bands with a collection box on windy street corners at Christmas. But Salvation Army choirs ­­– called Songster Brigades – were about long before bands in The Salvation Army.

The mission of the songster brigade is to support worship in our services and, through our music, communicate the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some members are musically trained but most have grown up with the joy of singing in Salvation Army services. They are not paid for their singing. Members are engaged in a variety of occupations – teaching, medicine, social work, information technology, banking – in fact, most walks of life. The group numbers some 50 members, meeting each week to practice and then taking part in services on a Sunday.
Peter Jones, writes: ‘We undertake programmes of music in old people’s homes, and on occasion in other churches. The brigade sometimes participates in large Salvation Army festivals in London's Royal Albert Hall. The group has also, in the past, travelled around the country and to Jersey.
‘Our common bond is faith in Christ, and the need to communicate this. We aim to encourage others in that same faith. Our repertoire spans a wide range of Christian music – from classical to contemporary, gospel to spirituals and traditional hymns. Whatever the style, the aim is the same: to touch hearts and change lives.’

Listen to a contribution from the songsters to a Sunday morning meeting: Fairest Lord Jesus.


Songster Leader: Howard Elliott

Deputy Songster Leader: Cameron Main

Songster Sergeant: Allison Fullarton

Assistant Songster Sergeant: Helen Elliott  

Songster Secretary: Railton Holdstock

Assistant Songster Secretary: Barbara Little


Songster pianist: Tristan Lanceley

Percussion: Graeme Johnson

Updated  1 June 2015