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December 11, 2017

You can participate in event honouring Prof. Peter Godfrey

RSCMNZ Auckland Branch member, David Finlay, announces a forthcoming memorial event to honour the life and contributions to the choral world of Professor Peter Godfrey. An opportunity for choristers, musicians and clergy to pay tribute to this great man.

In accordance with his and his family’s wishes, an Auckland memorial to Professor Peter Godfrey will be held on Sunday 25 February 2018 at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. A choral Evensong at 5.00 pm will be followed by refreshments and then a multi-choir concert at 7.30 pm. This is a format that many will recall on tours with Prof to Kings College, Cambridge and perhaps in other places – so we think he would approve!

Not only is this an opportunity to pay tribute to Peter and the profound influence that he has had on New Zealand music, but also it is a time for the many musicians who worked with him to sing to his memory. A massed choir will sing the Introit, Nunc Dimittis and Anthem in the Evensong, and will perform a bracket of songs in the concert. Repertoire will be advised in due course.

Rehearsals with take place during the afternoon of 25 February, and attendance at them is a requirement for those who wish to participate other than in the congregation and audience. It is anticipated that you will be able to download the music to enable preparation in advance.

If you would like to sing in the massed choir and have not been invited through other channels, please contact Cathryn Wyllie at NZCF , email cathryn.wyllie@nzcf.org.nz or email info@htcmusictrust.org.nz, advising your voice part and whether you wish to participate in the Evensong, the concert or both. Please also spread the word as widely as you can to those who may not otherwise receive this open invitation. All will be warmly welcome.

Proceeds will go the Holy Trinity Cathedral Music Trust, to enable the continued support for the Belinda Godfrey Memorial Organ Scholarship.

We look forward to sharing this opportunity to appropriately remember and honour Peter.

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