Posts Tagged ‘Church Music’

Taranaki woman receives award from the Pope Comments 0

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 Related Posts:Papal Medal for Brendan GilmoreCatholic music man’s service gets Papal awardTaranaki priest lucky Read more

Church Music, the good, the bad… Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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.) . Related Read more

Peter Godfrey, the ‘father’ of NZ Choral Music has died Comments 0

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 Comments 0

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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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 Comments 0

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 Related Posts:Papal Honour for CWL Read more

Eminent Catholic composer Sir James MacMillan to conduct Christchurch singers Comments 0

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

Music ministry conference a success Comments 0

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The first weekend in October saw Catholics converge on Christchurch for a music ministry conference. Earlier this year, Christchurch diocese was offered some formation from its own Catholic Youth Team (CYT). Catholics involved in school and parish music were invited to register for Exalt, a weekend of music workshops, time for Mass, adoration, along with free-form worship. Feedback was positive from six of the conference participants. Read more

U2 Front man tells Christian song writers to get real Comments 0

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Bono, the U2 frontman offered some advice for Christian musicians. “I find in Christian art a lot of dishonesty, and I think it’s a shame,” Bono said. “I would love if this conversation would inspire people who are writing these beautiful… gospel songs, write a song about their bad marriage. Write a song about how they’re Read more

Can bad Catholic music be stopped? Comments 0

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

“Extraordinary how potent cheap music is,” says a character in a Noël Coward play. And it’s true. Even in church. A morbid Victorian hymn or a Christmas carol can reduce even the most cynical atheist to tears. But even more potent, I’d argue, is church music that isn’t so much cheap as embarrassingly bad. I Read more