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Canada continues staff songster tradition with new brigade

Canada continues staff songster tradition with new brigade

25 August 2016

Major Leonard Ballantine (right) with Craig Lewis. Photo: Kristin Ostensen.

By Anne Halliday

The Canada and Bermuda Territory have announced the formation of a Canadian Staff Songsters.

Under the musical leadership of Major Leonard Ballantine, the songster brigade will do more than perform – they will facilitate worship, lead music workshops in divisions, support territorial events and raise awareness of the mission of The Salvation Army through musical outreach.

“With an international reputation as a choral conductor, composer and arranger, Major Ballantine is well equipped to lead this new group,” Canadian Chief Secretary, Colonel Mark Tillsley, said.

 “The Canadian Staff Songsters will endeavour, by its example, to set the standard for all aspects of Salvation Army vocal ministry, including worship, evangelism and integrated mission, in the Canada and Bermuda Territory.”
 
The group will be one of only a handful of staff songster brigades across the globe, located in Sydney, Melbourne, Amsterdam and the UK-based International Staff Songsters.

Lieutenant-Colonel Wendy Waters, Assistant Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries, will be the group’s executive officer.

Supported by the music and gospel arts department, Lieut-Colonel Waters will provide spiritual, organisational and administrative leadership to the brigade. It is anticipated that group will begin its ministry in time for the Christmas season.

Adapted from an article that appeared in the Canadian Salvationist.

 

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