October 11, 2014

RSCM Award for David Brookes

Auckland’s much esteemed and long standing RSCMNZ member David Brookes was recently honoured for the work he has performed for the RSCM in New Zealand over many years.
At an Evensong Service conducted at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand at 5.0pm on Sunday 5th October our Chairman Neil Shroff proudly presented David with a special award certificate which had been prepared and forwarded by the RSCM UK.
The wording on the certificate reads as follows: This Certificate is awarded for special service and is in recognition of the long service to the RSCM in New Zealand, particularly as Chairman of the Auckland Branch, and for developing interest in church music among young people.
The wonderful traditions exemplified by the RSCM were brought out strongly in this well attended Evensong Service, which included David’s wife, family, and friends.
Dr Murray Wilton and Bruce Owen, former Headmaster and Senior teacher at Dilworth School, (where David was the Chapel Organist for 33 years) were also present with their respective wives.
The guest organist was RSCM member James Tibbles who in 1976 was the organ scholar in this Cathedral, and is now Director of Music at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Auckland.
The pipe organ is not operational at present but the temporary Rodgers Trillium T797 organ with its 14 speakers sounded absolutely amazing.
The large choir on this occasion, the St Mary’s Singers under the baton of RSCM member Anita Banbury, were quite outstanding and gave great meaning to the music they sang.
The introit “ O Lord increase my faith” by Orlando Gibbons – sung from the cloisters, sounded quite magical and set the tone for the rest of the Service.
The Preces and Responses were by William Byrd. Psalm 136 with it’s many passages was sung with interesting variations.
Music for the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis came from the well known Evening Service in B flat by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. The singing of the anthem “Cantantibus organis” by Peter Philips was imaginative and uplifting.
The wonderful choice of choir music for this Service concluded with the final Ferial Responses by Edward Naylor.
Then came a most unusual but nevertheless outstanding and concluding glorious organ voluntary – the 1st Movement of Symphonie V, by C.M.Widor.
This was certainly a memorable Service which brought out in full all the musical magnificence of what the RSCM stands for.

The photograph shows David Brookes holding his award which had just been presented by Neil Shroff (left), Chairman Auckland Branch RSCMNZ.

Barrie Collett, Treasurer: RSCMNZ Auckland.

Dave Brookes with his RSCM Award