Easter busyness, and stillness.

Easter morning services passed me by, with four generations of our family to entertain. But, at the end of a tiring but happy day, it was a real treat to chill out at Evensong, listening to a strong choir (augmented by former choristers, returning home for Easter). I enjoyed them singing Noble in B minor and ‘Now the Green Blade Riseth’ (Lindley), complete with unusual organ harmony, and a well-sung Psalm 66, to Anglican chant. The only shaky contribution was the second half of the Sweeney responses – surprising, given the familiarity of them to our choir. Perhaps it was due to tiredness after such a busy day. To end, the organ was given a good workout with ‘Toccata’ (Whitlock), complete with rather rude sounds in the lower range – I wonder what (or who) Whitlock was thinking of when he composed those?!