Glory


"Glory" was the 6th musical to be written and was initially presented at the Mermaid Theatre in London on 7 July 1975. The complete musical was presented during on 12 July 1976 for the British Congress of that year

General Gowans recalls

We seemed to be locked into Army history for a while. The musical Glory! presents the story of how The Salvation Army faced difficulties in its early days at Folkestone. For once we have full details of the opposition and the riots, so that, allowing for the need to reduce the material to a manageable size, all the stories are true. Several songs from Glory! have survived, among them 'There is a message' and If you want it, it's yours!' My favourite, sadly, isn't often heard. It is 'There is a time for tears' and is sung at the funeral of a Salvationist marter killed during a struggle with the Skeleton Army over the right to march the streets.

Extracts from Glory! were first presented at the Mermaid Theatre in July 1975, and then the full musical was performed at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the 1976 British Congress, with General Clarence Wiseman presiding. The best production I have ever seen was the Glory! presented at Le Theatre des Champs Elysées in Paris at the 1981 celebrations of the centenary of the Armée du Salut in France. The French have a natural flare for the dramatic, a sensitivity to atmosphere and emotion and a gift for timing. The translation into French was delicately done.

SCENE I
Street Near Railway Station

When The Army Comes To Town

There Is A Message

SCENE II
The Army Hall

The Long Trombone

If You Want It--It's Yours

When You've Got Salvation

There Is A Message

We're All Seeking The Same Saviour

Though I Feel My Weakness

SCENE 4

Fishbob Household

Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness

SCENE 6
The Quayside

When You've Got Salvation

There Is A Message

SCENE 7
Mother's Dowell's House

The Name Of Jesus

SCENE 8
The Army Hall

You Don't Have To Be Clever

Have You Ever Stopped To Think How God Loves You

Though I Feel My Weakness

The Name Of Jesus

SCENE 10
The Street

It's The Work Of A Moment

There Is A Time For Tears

SCENE 12
The Little Household

We're All Seeking The Same Saviour

SCENE 13
The Army Hall

When The Army Comes To Town

The Name Of Jesus

Glory, Glory

We're All Seeking The Same Saviour

When The Glory Gets Into Your Soul

Above images taken from video of performance of "Glory" recorded in Pasadena during the Southern California Division on June 15 1987


Click on the picture to hear General Larsson's original version of "When The Glory Gets Into Your Soul"

During the opening rally for The Salvation Army's International Millennial Congess held in Atlanta in June 2000, General John Gowans spoke about an illustration included in "Glory". With the written permission of The Salvation Army in Atlanta, I can present a clip of this.

Major John Gowans with a group of characters from the musical which had it's North American Premiere at the Northern California Redwood Glen Camp in Scotts Valley, California.

Cardiff Canton band pictured at a performance of Glory at Stuart Hall, Cardiff c7 July 1975

San Francisco, California. Final Adjustments! Just before going on stage, "Capt Campbell" (Capt Chris Buchanan) & "Mrs Capt Campbell" (Kathy Sue Bills) in the presentation of Glory

The musical is based on the story of "The Old Corps" by Colonel Edward H Joy

The above is a reproduction from an Image which appeared in "Salvationist" a while ago. It is a Korean/Japanese version of "When The Glory Get's Into Your Soul"