Posts Tagged ‘Church Music’

Update on those stolen organ pipes

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

A church in Memphis with a rich history is rejoicing after the recovery of its stolen organ pipes. Thanks to the diligent efforts of law enforcement, the stolen truck and many of the 90-year-old organ pipes had been successfully located. Furthermore, a tip received through CrimeStoppers led the police to a nearby van, resulting in Read more

Church members hope whoever stole their of organ pipes will repent

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

Members of a Tennessee church are hoping that whoever stole a moving truck will repent after discovering what’s inside: old organ pipes. News outlets reported that Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis had loaded a truck with nearly 2,000 organ pipes for transport to Spencer Organ Company in Boston, where they would be restored. Instead, Read more

Catholic pastoral musicians gather for national conference

Monday, October 21st, 2019

The largest gathering of Catholic Pastoral Musicians in Australia was celebrated at the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne from October 1-3. Expert presenters offered keynotes, workshops, showcases, and over 45 dynamic breakout sessions to over 330 participants from all over Australia and New Zealand, covering a wide range of topics and musical genres. Read more

Taranaki woman receives award from the Pope

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A Taranaki woman dubbed a taonga to the Catholic community has received a prestigious Papal honour. Margaret Hurley was awarded a Benemerenti Medal, a decoration awarded by the Pope and sent straight from the Vatican, during a service at New Plymouth’s St Joseph’s church on Sunday. Continue reading

Church Music, the good, the bad…

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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Palm Sunday, I go to early morning Mass and the entrance hymn is an old friend! It’s an old, (1840,) Methodist hymn, “All Glory Laud And Honor!! Now I admit, the blessing of the palms and the reading of the Passion we’re moving, and the homily was first rate! But, as good as it was, Read more

6-year-old’s performance in church choir gets 28 million views

Monday, November 6th, 2017

The joyful spirit of a six-year-old girl has attracted 28 million views, and counting, after her mother shared a video of her daughter performing a church choir on Facebook. Loren Patterson enthusiastic performance in a church choir stole the show.  Have look at the video (Click on the picture. You may need to turn off the mute.) .

Peter Godfrey, the ‘father’ of NZ Choral Music has died

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Peter Godfrey passed away last night at the age of 95. Peter was born in England but travelled to New Zealand in 1958 to take up the position of Lecturer in Music at Auckland University, which he held from 1958-1973. Later he became Professor of Music until 1982 (1974-1982). During this time he directed Auckland’s Read more

Wellington organist wins prestigious international organ competition

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Thomas Gaynor, at one time an organist at St Mary of the Angels Wellington, has been awarded both the first and the audience prizes in the 2017 St Albans International Organ Competition. He is only the second New Zealander to win the competition, after New Zealand-born organist Dame Gillian Weir in 1964. In 2009, as an Read more

Catholic music man’s service gets Papal award

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Pope Francis has sent a special acknowledgement from the Vatican City to one of Howick’s dedicated and devoted Catholic parishioners. On Sunday at his beloved Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Peter Gilmour received  a Papal award, the Benemerenti, which translates from Latin to meaning great work.  Continue reading

Eminent Catholic composer Sir James MacMillan to conduct Christchurch singers

Monday, July 17th, 2017

A man who has been described as one of Britain’s greatest living composers has accepted an invitation from the Christchurch Diocese Sacred Arts Team to visit. Sir James MacMillan will conduct singers in his St Anne’s Mass at the 5.30pm Mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on 23 July. He will speak later at the Music Centre Read more