Others arc the Philadelphia Citadel Band from America, the North Toronto Young People's Band from Canada. and bands from Sweden, Holland and Australia. There is also a singing group from Bermuda.
The changed attitude of the Churches towartls the Salvation Army, demonstrated by the presence at the inaugural ceremony of both the Catholic and Anglican Primates, is a far cry from the days when it was considered a band of "entertaining tubt h um per s and tambourinetossers".
A spokesman at the Westminster Diocesan offices said: "The mere presence of the Cardinal at the Royal Albert Hall indicates the favourable attitude we now have towards the Salvation Army."
Celebrations of the centenary had already began in other parts of Britain before the inaugural ceremony. About 1.600 people. including Church leaders. attended a thanksgiving service in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral last week. An address was given by the Dean of Liverpool, the Very Rev. E. H. Patey.
I he Church of England has arranged a number of special services including a service of thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey today week at which a plaque in honour of General William Booth will be unveiled. Another service of thanksgiving, in Coventry Cathedral on Sunday week. will be addressed by General Coutts.
Tomorrow week a 350-strong Salvationist choir will sing Handers Messiah in St. Paul's Cathedral, accompanied by the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra, Today week is being treated as Fourider's Day, With two services Dr dedication in the evening in addition to the service in Westminster Abbey.