Monthly Archives: April 2013

Autumn Choral Workshop in Auckland, NZ

April 12-14, 2013 : Wonderful weekend in Auckland attending a choral workshop directed by Malcolm Archer.
Several Australians, myself included, took this opportunity to cross the Tasman to attend this ‘Autumn Choral School’ directed by the distinguished British composer and choral director, Malcolm Archer, and organised by the Auckland Branch of the RSCM. Not only did we experience the expert guidance by Malcolm Archer, our accompanist was the highly accomplished organist, Timothy Noon, music director at Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, also from an English Cathedral background.
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Inside Auckland Cathedral

Over the three days, we practiced music for an Evensong in the cathedral, including a rousing anthem by Malcolm Archer, All Creatures of our God and King. For the final Evensong, we were joined by the Cathedral Choir, making a combined sound of some 100 voices. All in all, a first-class experience of the cathedral tradition.
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Malcolm Archer (right) is thanked after Evensong by Neil Schroff (left), Chair of the Auckland RSCM Branch

Pergolesi for Easter

Enjoyed taking part in the first RSCM ACT lunchtime recital for 2013, at All Saints’, Ainslie, which happened to fall on Maundy Thursday. I played an organ accompaniment for Gemma Dashwood (soprano) and Catriona Bryce (alto), who performed excerpts from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Such expressive music – a great way to start the Easter season!