"O COME, LET US SING TO THE LORD, LET US MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE TO THE ROCK OF OUR SALVATION! LET US COME INTO HIS PRESENCE WITH THANKSGIVING; LET US MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE TO HIM WITH SONGS OF PRAISE!" - PSALM 95 (RSV)
Meet the Songsters
Meet the Songsters and Band every Sunday at 10:30am.
Songster practices are held on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. We'd love to see you there!
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As far back as 1899 a Songster Brigade was established at what was then known as Leeds VIII Corps. It was under the leadership of a Mrs Timbel, an ex-officer, who suffered so much with rheumatism that sometimes a taxi had to be hired to take her to and from practices; at other times the members of the Brigade would meet for practice at her home.
The Brigade was slow to develop at first until in 1908, when the Commanding Officer of the day, Captain Rose, re-organised the Brigade. It quickly developed into an effective singing group. Only then were the members commissioned as Songsters, and Harry Godsell became the first Commissioned Songster Leader.
The Brigade has had a number of leaders over the years, most notable of these being Sam Boardman, Billy Mann, John Dring, Paul Hunter and Herbert Wadman. In 2000 the present leader, Lyndon Moorby took over leadership and has brought to the Brigade a wealth of musical experience from which the group has benefitted greatly. This has enabled them to make a significant impact with their music making wherever and whenever they have had the opportunity to present the Gospel in this unique way. Songster Leader Lyndon Moorby was brought up within the Corps at Leeds West Hunslet and is a fourth generation Salvationist. He is a former member of the International Staff Band and also Bandmaster of the Yorkshire Divisional Youth Band.
Leeds West Hunslet Songsters have travelled and performed extensively throughout the UK and also abroad. They have always been held in high esteem as a quality choral group, upholding high standards of musicianship, deportment and Salvationism. Taking the words of Psalm 95 for their inspiration, their sole aim and objective is to sing to the Glory of God, and in doing so to bless, encourage, help and comfort those who hear, and to bring to all the message of a risen Lord Jesus Christ.