Let me start by wishing you a very happy and blessed Easter. I have to say I never thought we’d be back in church for today. Yet, not only did a service happen at St John’s with a congregation, we also had a small choir AND a congregational hymn!
I was delighted to start the service with Karg-Elert’s Nun danket alle Gott. It was the perfect loud and proud piece for Easter Sunday although slightly tricky to play on just the one manual when I habitually play on all three! (A part has now been ordered to fix the organ!).
Sadly, due to restrictions, I was unable to be part of the choir. Whilst I missed singing, it was wonderful to hear the small group sing responses and ‘Since by man came death’ during communion.
At the end of the service the congregation moved outside and we sang together for the first time in over a year. A very special moment for us all as we enjoyed the glorious spring sunshine.
It’s now the Easter holidays. We now know exam grades will be based on teacher assessment. I can assure you this is not an easy route for those taking GCSE and A levels. Over the next half term I have more assessments than I would have had if I’d been taking ‘real’ exams. Despite the pressure of this, there’s a lot of opportunity for me to prove myself and get the grades I hope for. So, Easter holidays means revision and plenty of it!