New musical settings for parts of the Mass

12 June 2012

Hi everyone, it's been a little while since I posted a news item on my site. Some of you may not know that in February I was appointed to the Marist International Novitiate in Napier. I will be here until January 2013 and will return to Auckland after that. I have kept my PO Box address in Auckland active and they readdress my mail here to the Hawkes Bay.

A number of people have requested concerts during the year but in the main I have put those on hold until next year. However, I do have a concert at Sancta Maria, Flat Bush, Auckland on Friday October 26th this year.

I have been involved in a number of small recording projects for other people and have been very happy about the outcome. One for the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions who celebrate 150 years in New Zealand this year and for a Marist community on Taveuni, Fiji,  I visited last year. I really enjoy the challenge and results of a commission.

Last year I wrote a setting for the new translation of the Mass entitled the Hopetoun Mass. I called it that because the seminary in Auckland where I was living is on Hopetoun St and I like what the title evokes. For your interest and information, the music notation and recordings can be viewed and listened to on the National Liturgy Office, Aotearoa, NZ site. I am hoping lots of parishes and schools may pick them up. The website is  www.nlo.org.nz. Click on Liturgical Music, then approved Mass Settings and lastly, Hopetoun Mass.