It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of our RSCM Australia president, Ralph Morton, FRSCM.
His brother, Graeme, reports that he passed away very peacefully on February 20, surrounded by his family, just as his favourite anthem, Like as the Hart by Herbert Howells, was being played in the ICU.
Among the tributes, a message has been received from Andrew Reid, Director of the RSCM, who says:
“I am sad for your loss, and ours, but like you I rejoice in Ralph’s faith and in the Resurrection, and I am grateful to have known a
man with no apparent ego who served others, the Church, the RSCM and his Lord so faithfully. Rarely has a person been so open to the good in so many different traditions within the Church, and that has been a great blessing to RSCM Australia.”
The funeral was held on Wednesday 2 March at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane.
Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, cordially invites you to the much anticipated launch of Catholic Worship Book II – published by Morning Star Publishing
Friday 8 April 2016 at 5:30pm for 6pm-7pm Catholic Leadership Centre (in the Celtic Hall) Corner of Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street, East Melbourne
Admission is by gold coin donation
A wine and cheese reception will follow the launch in the Catholic Leadership Centre.
Copies of the People’s Edition will be available for purchase or order at the launch for the special one-off price of $30 | Online purchases (Online prices apply)
Webcast nationally at 6pm AEST via webcast.cl/cwb2launch (log in early to ensure time for software download, if needed) | Groups viewing webcast, please register at email@example.com for acknowledgement during the launch. RSVP by Tuesday 5 April 2016 Mrs Anita Plant, National Office for Liturgy | firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 9926 5762
The 2016 Summer School has taken place in Canberra. Here’s as taste from the final service: the choir sings the winning entry in the ACT Branch 2015 Composition Competition, an Old English setting of Psalm 33 by David Yardley:
If you weren’t there, see what you missed! Watch the Preview Video of the 2016 Summer School here
Ross Cobb posted the following message on the RSCM NSW Facebook Group on January 30, 2016:
“Huge congratulations to Brisbane brothers, Ralph Morton and Graeme Morton on their awards of Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music. Ralph and Graeme, respective directors of music at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral and St John’s Anglican Cathedral, are two giants of the choral world in Queensland. They have encouraged and trained several generations of musicians and the excellent standards of choral singing in the whole of the East Coast are in the main main due to their selfless and unstinting work over many years. Australian music will be forever in their debt, and we rejoice that their amazing work has been further recognised internationally.”
The Dean, Wardens and Parish Council wish to appoint a gifted musician to the role of Organist/Director of Music in succession to the Rev’d Michael Deasey, OAM as he retires from 10 years of ministry at the Cathedral.
We are an inclusive Anglican Cathedral and parish with a fine tradition of choral music, a robed choir and an extensive repertoire.
The position includes a weekly choir rehearsal, two Sunday services and availability for occasional diocesan services and funerals.
The three manual cathedral organ consists of 31 ranks and 35 stops, and is probably the finest and certainly the most versatile in the Central West. It receives regular maintenance and is in excellent condition, its majestic tone matching the impressive and reverberant space of the cathedral.
Are you an accomplished musician and conductor with a proven track record in conducting choirs, a passion for sacred music and liturgy, and an ambition to take your talent to the next level? If so, look no further than Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, New Zealand which seeks to appoint a new Director of Music.
The Director of Music will:
Lead a committed Cathedral Choir in excellent music making,
Provide musical education through leadership of the Cathedral Choristers and as Principal of the Cathedral Music School,
Be actively part of the Cathedral’s journey to Consecration, which includes the installation of the largest organ to be built in the UK since the 1940s, the acquisition of a new Chapel organ, and restoration of an historic George Croft organ.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and positive Cathedral community, actively committed to the highest musical standards, in Auckland, one of the world’s most liveable cities. This role is a 0.75 position.
For a full job description and application package, please email the Cathedral Precentor:
The Reverend Dr Tony Surman, email@example.com. The deadline for applications is Friday, 2 October 2015.
This year there will once again be a Choral Section and an Organ/Keyboard section.
The Finalists’ Concert will be held on the first evening of the 2016 Summer School in Canberra.
The winning choral entry will be performed during the Summer School by the massed choir.
Please go HERE for more details.
The 4 manual Cathedral organ built by George Fincham and Sons in Richmond celebrated its 50th Birthday in November 2014. The organ was dedicated to those who made the supreme sacrifice for their country and Archbishop Mannix’s 50th Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination (6 Oct 1962). To mark this anniversary and the Solemnities of Pentecost, Trinity and Corpus Christi, organ recitals will be offered in the Cathedral from c. 5pm-5:45pm on Sat 30 May (Dion Henman), Sat 6 June (Thomas Grubb) and Sat 13 June (Paul Taylor). Admission: $10 or Concession: $5
DION HENMAN (Organist, St Patrick’s Cathedral)
Saturday 30 May 2015, 5pm-5:45pm
Prelude in E flat major BWV552a by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde gross BWV622 by J. S. Bach
Psalm Prelude Op.32, No.1 – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Le banquet celeste by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Herzlich tut mich verlangen Op.122, No.9 & Herzlich tut mich verlangen Op.122, No.10 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Choral Varie sur le theme du ‘Veni Creator’ Op.4 Variations on the hymn ‘Veni Creator’ by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
THOMAS GRUBB (Organist, St Patrick’s Cathedral)
SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015, 5pm – 5:45pm
Pange lingua (from Quatre Hymnes) by Nicholas de Grigny (1672-1703)
Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele (BWV 654) – J. S. Bach
Le banquet celeste – Olivier Messiaen
Chorale No. 3 in A Minor – Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
PAUL TAYLOR (Acting Director of Music, St Patrick’s Cathedral)
Sat 13 June 2015, 5pm-5:45pm
Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist (BWV 651) by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Adagio in E major by Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Nun danket alle Gott (BWV 657) by J. S. Bach
Offertoire from Messe pous les Couvents by Francois Couperin (1668-1733)
Andante from Sonata No. 3 (Op. 65) by Felix Mendelssohn (1808-1847)
Fugue in E Flat Major (BWV 552b) by J. S. Bach
Panelists Dr Peter Carolane, Dr Dorothy Lee, Fay Magee, RSCM Director Andrew Reid, Dr Paul Taylor with Facilitator Dr Peter Sherlock were joined by Director of Music Philip Nicholls, Organist Roslyn Carolane and members and friends of RSCM Victoria at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Tuesday 21 April Music and the Monarchy – Lecture Demonstration
‘How changes in the monarchy affected English church music in the 16th to the 18th Centuries’. Lecture by RSCM Director Andrew Reid with music sung by the Choir of Christ Church South Yarra conducted by Director of Music Michael Fulcher and attended by congregation and RSCM members and friends