December 1, 2020

Xmas coming to O & S

Michael Grant, shares information about some forthcoming Christmas events (see them listed at the foot of this story) as a leading Dunedin musician, and in his capacity as Director of Music at St Pauls Anglican Cathedral as well for Kaikorai Metropolitan Band and Music Master at Kavanagh College.

Michael Grant: NB: what looks like an overgrown mobile phone, is a pod: these days many musicians use such for their music scores instead of paper copies: PDF images of the music are uploaded and page turning is effected usually with a click of a foot pedal.

Michael moved to Dunedin in 1999 to study music at the University of Otago where  he completed his MusB and Diploma in Teaching. He was Teacher in Charge of Music at St Hilda’s Collegiate School and now is a Music Teacher at Kavanagh College.  

Michael has extensive experience as a choral director, with the St Hilda’s senior ensemble, Sings Hilda, having been successful in gaining selection for the National Finale of the Big Sing Competition several times.  As a singer, Michael has been member of numerous choirs in Dunedin and Palmerston North, has toured internationally with the Secondary Schools’ Choir and within New Zealand as a member of Voices NZ.

As a Music Teacher he has been Musical Director of many school shows, and has performed on stage for local musical theatre productions.  He is a regular pit musician for local societies, and was Musical Director for Musical Theatre Dunedin’s production of Mary Poppins.  He is the pianist for Underground Broadway shows, and is the Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral and Kaikorai Metropolitan Brass.

For an inspirational experience at St Pauls Cathedral in the Octagon you may like to diary any or all of the following:

Wednesday 9 Dec – Hanging of the Greens

Sunday 13 Dec – concert with combined brass bands 

Sunday 20 Dec – Nine Lessons and Carols

Thursday 24 Dec – 6 pm Nativity Service, 10:30 pm Carols in the Octagon, 11 pm Midnight Mass

Friday 25 Dec – Christmas Eucharist

Some 2020 highlights

O & S Branch enjoys activities of Outstanding TALENTS. Thanks to Mark Hughes, Branch Secretary/Treasurer for arranging permission to reproduce the story from Organ News (thanks too, to correspondent Sue).

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