Bruce Aitken, on behalf of RSCMNZ Otago & Southland branch, presented its annual report at the 7.30am Saturday 23 May 2020 AGM of the Council. This is the body supporting NZ’s 5 self-governing Branches and which functions under Electoral College protocols.
Highlights are summarised:
A new Dean, The Very Rev’d Dr Tony Curtis, arrived in Dunedin last January (2020). Dr Curtis is an Old Testament scholar who recently completed his PhD at the University of Durham. While studying for this undergraduate degree at Cambridge he sang for several years in the choir of Selwyn College. His keen interest in fine church music and solid liturgy is greatly appreciated.
St Paul’s Cathedral still serves as the main centre for the organisation.
Michael Grant has been appointed Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral. Aged about 40, Michael was for several years music teacher at St Hilda’s Collegiate School. He is currently a music teacher at Kavanagh College – on a part-time basis, which enables him to undertake the cathedral position. He has been a member of the Cathedral Choir for going on 20 years and is currently the Musical Director of the Kaikorai Metropolitan Brass Band.
Organ playing at St Paul’s is shared between Dr David Findlay and Mr Johnny Mottershead. Organist Emeritus, Dr Donald Cullington, retired at Easter.