St. Pancras station in London, for anyone who has not had the pleasure of visiting, is a place of great architecture, atmosphere and restoration.? ?It is where The? Eurostar to France departs? from, along with many other trains on their more traditional routes, travelling to the North and South of Britain. It’s a place of emotion, excitement and apprehension.? ?It is in fact a very beautiful station, if stations can be called beautiful.? ?To add to the atmosphere three pianos have been placed along the concourse.? These are played by passers by, with varying degrees of expertise. I’ve often thought how wonderful it would be to hear someone playing worship music.
I recently got off a train on my way back from a special celebration to mark five years of CBS in Wales. I had been listening to ‘How Great Thou Art’ on the train, it was still ringing in my ears as I walked through St. Pancras Station on my way to Kings Cross Station next door. What wonderful names these stations have! Thinking I was imagining hearing the hymn, I walked towards the nearest piano.? There sat someone who was possibly a workman, with calloused hands, playing ‘How Great Thou Art’. Around stood just a few people, all looking at one another.? A diverse collection of nationalities, including a man who was possibly a friar. It reminded me of the last line in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. When the Professor tells the children how to recognise others who have been on the same adventure.? “How will you know?? Oh you’ll know all right.? Odd things they say, even their looks – will let the secret out.? Keep your eyes open.”