August 16, 2013

John Maurice Hume



1937 – 2013

[image position=”right” left_padding=”10″ right_padding=”0″ shadow=”10″ url=”×194.jpg” width=”300″ height=”194″/]The music community in Auckland was shocked at the sudden death of John Hume on July 31 of this year and members of the NZ Association of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music offer their sincere sympathy to Angela, John’s wife, and to the Hume family.

John, as a master at Auckland Grammar and with his involvement in secondary school tennis, influenced the lives of many young people but it is for his commitment to, and involvement in church music in Auckland, that he will best be remembered. He was a very talented musician and scholar and was involved as a singer, choir trainer, organist and administrator. As a singer he was always willing to add his tenor voice and excellent sight reading skills to many choirs, singing under Peter Godfrey in the Cathedral and the Dorian Singers, in the Orlando Singers with Anita Banbury and in many other choral groups, including those under the direction of the late Ron Dellow. As a choir director John held a variety of appointments, the last one being at Holy Trinity Church, Devonport. He was a keen and able organist and with Angela, gave generously to the rebuilding of the Auckland Town Hall organ.

John’s dedication and commitment to the Royal School of Church Music was a truly wonderful example. He held the post of secretary/treasurer of the Auckland branch for many years, right up until his death. He carried out his duties with skill, good humour, and always in a gracious manner. The RSCM recognized his great contribution by awarding him an honorary life membership (HonRSCM). He was a regular attendee at
the annual Summers Schools and at other courses organized by the RSCM.

John was a modest and quiet gentleman. Many people were unaware of his many academic and music qualifications and he gave his talents unstintingly for the betterment of church music in Auckland. He will leave a huge void in the musical scene and will always be remembered by many choristers and those supportive of fine church music. His funeral service, with a choir of approximately seventy, was an indication of the respect in which he was held.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Neil W Shroff
Auckland Branch