Working together in harmony

After only three weeks of rehearsal this term, the Grand Union Community Choir performed with the Luton Concert Orchestra. We sang with them Finlandia (Sibelius), a selection from Les Miserables, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. Our own pieces were an Alleluia by Mozart and “Puttin on the Ritz”. We also performed a world premier of an anthem for Organ, Choir and orchestra, ‘Where are you now‘ by William Pollard a Local composer. 

Singing in harmony within the choir is challenging enough sometimes, but the extra demands of working together with a large orchestra meant that we had to sing loudly as well as in harmony. It was a joy to hear the orchestra play and the whole evening went well.

A different kind of harmony was necessary in the Trustees Meeting on Monday. We had a very full agenda and some serious decisions to make about the resources of the Charity. I am still learning how to Clerk these meetings so that the Trustees are well informed, know that they have to be brief in their comments, but also that all views are important as we make the decisions together. 

In the coming week local Friends are hosting a gardening retreat organised by Quaker Voluntary Action. I am trying to prepare for the gardening element of the retreat by ensuring that there is enough appropriate work to do and the tools available to do it. There are some unknowns, such as the abilities and experience of the group as well as the weather, of course!

Harmony of a hilarious kind is the experience of this week. At the last moment we discovered that there was an ‘encore’ showing of the National production of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ with James Corden. It was hilarious – brilliant comedy, fantastic timing and exceptional casting and actors working really well together, with some audience participation too! The local amateur drama group are also putting on a comedy this week ‘A Tomb with a View’, so we are going to see that on Friday. 

A little laughter helps to lighten a life that could be so easily weighted down with the burdens of responsibility. And a little harmony helps tasks that could be onerous become a joy

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