A treasure house within

It’s not easy following Jesus, yet we have been given all we need to do so

Time was when I was a half decent singer. Fifty years ago, I sang tenor and was fortunate to be part of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir. This was a valuable source of relaxation for me because, as Curate of an Anglican Church in Poole, ministry life was pretty hectic!

On getting through a pretty rigorous audition I attended the first rehearsal of the new season, but was in for a terrible shock! I was in high spirits as I entered the rehearsal room and selected the first piece indicated by the chorus master. I’d never seen or heard the piece before. The chorus master got our attention … and we were away! At any rate, they were away: cantering along at a rate of knots while I was still at the starting gate! It was the same with each piece we did. I was left burbling like an idiot while the rest of them went for it with such gusto that I was convinced they had sung the pieces a dozen times before. They had not.

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