Music Sunday was celebrated in a number of New Zealand centres at various dates nearby to 23 June 2013.
Both Hamilton in the North Island and Christchurch in the South conducted their events on the day itself and therefore were the first in the world to do so (our proximity to the 180th parallel means we are first to see the new day).
Waikato RSCM NZ Branch conducted a special Evensong in St Peter’s Cathedral, Hamilton.
Canterbury Branch in Christchurch had an afternoon of sing-a-long hymns and anthems, familiar and new, with the audience of choristers including our Bishop, Victoria Matthews, singing with great joy. It was held in St Peter’s Church Hall – the church itself as well as our cathedrals are all unusable because of earthquake damage from three years ago.
A special feature was a bracket of anthems ancient and very modern sung by guest choristers, Schola Cantorum, accompanied by a chest of viols under the direction of Dr Roger Buckton of Canterbury University. He can be seen playing the Treble Viol (left) whilst deputy, David O’Bierne, conducts a Byrd motet, “Teach me oh Lord”.
(Photograph courtesy of Jonathan Teague)