Visit to Switzerland – 28-30 June 2013 – Band blog

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Friday 28 June – Amriswil

The tour to Switzerland began with motorway and passport malfunctions and last minute gift buying but soon ECB were off and running. Our first engagement was a visit to the Rheinfalls (pictured right). A spectacular exhibition of raw natural power and the opportunity to gatecrash a wedding reception – we could have given them a tune or two! On arrival in Amriswil we were given a wonderful spag bol meal. How thoughtful to provide such a meal to men in white shirts now resplendant with tomato stains! The evenings concert was very well attended and received with great enthusiasm from the opening strains of Faith is the Victory, through solo contributions from Matt, Maurice, Malcolm, Paul, Andrew and Carl, to the final rousing chords of Shine as the Light. Even then there was time for a spirited rendition of Mountain Camp before Red Shield brought the evening to a close.

Garry Ambrose

Friday programme

Faith is the victory
A Little Prayer
The Golden Pen
Don’t doubt him now
The Two Imps
Sweet by and by
Partita on St Theodolph
Cute
Cry of the Celts (Mvts 4 & 5)
Blessed Assurance
In Perfect Peace
Shine as the light
Mountain Camp
Red Shield

These and more pictures are available to view in the Picture Gallery.

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Saturday 29 June 2013 – Langnau

Buoyed by a great evening’s concert the band reconvened at Chrischona Amriswil for a fairly early start. With the music still ringing in our ears we then realised that it was in fact a CD of the previous night’s concert that had been recorded and given to us by our hosts!
We set off for a boat trip on Lake Luzern. On our way there, having travelled through the beautiful country side that is Switzerland, we pulled over in a lay by to eat cake next to a disused warehouse. I wasn’t aware that eating cake on the move is an offence in Switzerland!! The weather wasn’t at its best so we couldn’t quite see the purple headed mountains through the drizzle as we neared the Lake. A relaxing and enjoyable boat ride concluded with a short trip up a hill (mountain in UK) on a cable powered train to our next destination.
We arrived at Seelisberg (pictured right) where we were entertained by a lovely man called Hans Aschwanden who ran a family cheese making business, Hans is very passionate about making cheese, all his cows have names and he knows them all, blessed are the cheese makers. It was very windy on the hill side so having over-dosed on cheese we set off for actual Luzern for a strict 1 hour whistle stop visit.
After a stop at a Swiss cookie store (biscuits to us) we arrived in Langnau for more food!!! and where our evening concert would take place.
Now, my observations of traveling through Switzerland are thus: 1 – it really has the most beautiful scenery and countryside 2 – it is so clean and 3 – you can apparently build a house anywhere and any size!!

Jonathan Cooke

Saturday programme

Faith is the victory
Cry of the Celts (Mvts 4 & 5)
Don’t doubt him now
Trombone Vespers
Sweet by and by
Elsa’s procession to the cathedral
Blessed Assurance
New York Snapshots
The Two Imps
Dance before the Lord
In Perfect Peace
Shine as the light
Mountain Camp
Red Shield

Sunday 30 June 2013 – Zurich

After a few short hours of sleep Sunday started with a 5.15am alarm call and a 6.30am departure on the coach for the journey from Langnau to Zurich for the final day of our trip.

The band provided pre meeting music and then contributed a number of pieces during the meeting. This was led by members of the Zurich Temple Leadership team and was centred around the retirement of their Commanding Officers.

After sharing coffee, cheese and cake with the locals, lunch was provided for us at a local Army hostel without a piece of cheese in sight.

Our final engagement of the weekend was a festival of music and included solo contributions from Andrew (laid-back), Maurice (effortless), Paul (sublime) and Garry (inspirational).

As with all the other venues and even after a very long day at the end of a tiring weekend the band rose to the occasion and produced a high quality concert.

After packing down and loading the bus, all that was left was a short trip to the airport, an uneventful check-in, bearing in mind we all had passports this time, and a flight home that just gave us time for one or two more cheese rolls.

Jonathan Byfield

Sunday programme

Saints of God
They shall come from the east
The Golden Pen
Don’t doubt him now
The Two Imps
Lament from Stabat Mater
Blessed Assurance
New York Snapshots
Just a closer walk
Cry of the Celts (Mvt 5)
Jesus answers prayer
Glorifico Aeternum
Mountain Camp
Red Shield