What a new choir needs is a large, appreciative audience – hopefully containing a very important person.
The 18 children aged nine to 11 who have joined the newly formed Junior Choir at All Saints Church, Holbeach, got just that a couple of weeks ago.
They shared their first act of worship with a congregation of 90 adults and ten other children – and, as a last minute surprise, the service was attended by the Right Rev Nicholas Chamberlain, the recently appointed Bishop of Grantham.
The bishop was able to give words of encouragement to the children and to the church, and also presented the youngsters with their first choir certificates.
The service took the theme of Noah and as part of the service the children took part in a drama telling the story of Noah, ending with two songs from the popular cantata Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo.
Individual children led other parts of the service and a group of them formed a recorder group and played prior to the service and to accompany two of the hymns.
The choir members were recruited from the two local primary schools and through the church and joined the choir in April. They have been rehearsing every Friday evening during term time, and as part of each rehearsal they spend some of the time learning to play the recorder and have an introduction to music theory as well as singing.
In September, the children will be invited to join the church’s robed choir. The church choir is under the direction of director of music Barry Lancaster, with help from Gill Graper, Kim Biggs and the Rev Rosamund Seal.