At a celebratory Service held 7.30pm Sunday 6 September 2015, Knox Church Dunedin recognised the Choir’s 150th Anniversary.
The Service was a liturgical and musical tour de force prospered under the sure hand of Minister, The Revd Dr Kerry Enright, and St Paul’s Cathedral Director of Music, George Chittenden leading a composite choir comprising choristers from numerous city churches and choral groups.
Anthems and hymns chosen were very apt and included:
Herbert Howells’ Hymn for St Cecilia,
Angel voices ever singing,
O sing a new song (St Magnus),
Bainton’s And I saw a new Heaven,
Come to us creative Spirit (Castlewood).
A highlight of the repertoire was the singing of Our Fathers Built This House of God – an anthem comprising words by E.S. Herron and music by a doyen of Dunedin’s music scene of yesteryear, Roy Spackman (he was one time organist and choirmaster at Knox Church).
The Service continued with the hymn, When in our music God is glorified (Engelberg), and John Rutter’s, A Gaelic Blessing was a fitting finale to this inspiring occasion.