Light-Bringer (2000)

General Series 1989 (publ. 2002)
Duration: approx. 3:40

This march, originally named Trent 2000 was written for the East Midlands Divisional music school of that year, held at Trent College, Nottingham.

As the school was to be held in the hometown of William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, it was thought appropriate to include two of his songs. Listeners will recognise the tunes Send the Fire (modern version), and My Jesus, I love thee to which Salvationists associate Booth’s words O Boundless Salvation - the Founder's song.

O God of burning, cleansing flame:
Send the fire!
Your blood-bought gift today we claim:
Send the fire today!
Look down and see this waiting host,
And send the promised Holy Ghost;
We need another Pentecost!
Send the fire today!
Send the fire today!

William Booth (1829-1912) arr. Lex Loizides
SA Songbook 203 (Tune by Lex Loizides)

O boundless salvation! deep ocean of love,
O fulness of mercy, Christ brought from above.
The whole world redeeming, so rich and so free,
Now flowing for all men, come, roll over me! 

William Booth (1829-1912)
SA Songbook 298 (Tune: My Jesus, I love thee TB 565)

Recording by
Hendon Salvation Army Band
from their album
Corpus Christi (2006)


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We read in history books of how the founder saw it his calling in life to bring light where there was darkness. I think of the Darkest England scheme in particular, where Booth's visionary work influenced British social welfare for the good. So the title Light-bringer seems a fitting portrayal of the founder and of his years of pioneering work among the poor and needy.

Generally march titles with year numbers like Trent 2000 aren't a good idea as they date quickly. As such the music department asked me to consider a new title for the publication of this march. Walking along a towpath with my family in the south of England one day, we passed a canal boat named 'Light-bringer' - and that was that.

--------------------------------- Other recordings --------------------------------- 

Lightbringer (2011)
North York Temple YP Band 

How Deep the Father's Love (2003)
East Midlands Divisional Youth Band
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