Music Sunday is a highlight of RSCM annual events held throughout the world about mid-year, Winter for the Southern Hemisphere and Summer for the Northern. NZ likewise holds this special occasion marking the partnership of Clergy, Laity and Musicians with a sing fest or similar activities at its Branches.
Contact your local Branch for events and times. So far it is known that in 2018 Waikato’s date is 9 June, Canterbury is 10 June and others (Wellington, Auckland and Otago & Southland) are at the planning stage.
Waikato branch met at St Bride’s, Otorohanga, where they were hosted by Ven Arch heldeacon Christine Scott and her parishioners for a 5.00pm Evensong. Appropriately the featured hymn was “Let all the world in every corner SING”.
Wellington were first off the rank by including a 12 May celebratory dinner with Dr Guy Jansen, a long serving RSCM member, as the keynote speaker.
Canterbury Branch observed Music Sunday 18 June at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Christchurch as part of a week-long Arts Festival (under the guiding hand of committee member Don Whelan).
Church and school choirs gathered to perform to one another and supporters selected hymns and motets as well as massed items.
The programme (Piloted by President Paul Ellis with Dr John Linker Dir. of Music Transitional – Cardboard’ – Cathedral) featured Medbury School Choristers, under the leadership of Chrissie Badger, All Souls Choir led by Murray Lennox with Sue Lennon accompanying, and solo vocalist Matthew Harris performing selections from Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams and Transitional Cathedral organist Harry Meehan playing Chanson by Elgar. Mozart’s Ave Verum and Stanford’s Psalm 150 sung by the massed choirs provided a fitting climax.
PLUS you are invited to start packing for Auckland NZ which is the venue for the forthcoming 9 to 16 January 2018 Australia NZ Summer (Southern Hemisphere version – rscmnz.org.nz for further info) Choir School.
Andrew Lumsden from Winchester Cathedral (UK) is director together with the organising hand of Neil Shroff, RSCMNZ Auckland Branch Chairman. The connection with Winchester Cathedral is specially close: Neil’s son is Head of Junior Department of the associated The Pilgrims’ School.
The Auckland Summer School provides a wonderful opportunity for not only residents but also visitors from, UK, France, South Africa, Australia, Canada, America, etc., to have a life – time adventure with both the delights of Summer School participation and enjoyment of wonderful NZ.
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Medbury School choristers with Dir. of Music Chrissie Badger (far right) rehearsing for Music Sunday.