Peter Godfrey : father of New Zealand choral music : an oral history

Publication Type:



Makaro Press , Eastbourne: Wellington, New Zealand, p.273 (2015)



Call Number:

782.5 GODF


Godfrey, Peter -- Influence. Choral conductors -- New Zealand -- Biography. Choirs (Music) -- New Zealand -- History. Choral singing -- New Zealand -- History


<p><span class="highlight customHighlight">Peter Godfrey's</span> influence on New Zealand choral music is immeasurable. The only person to have been chorister, choral scholar and director of music at King's College, Cambridge, <span class="highlight customHighlight">Peter</span> brought his extraordinary drive and passion to choirs in this country in 1959, developing them to international standard. He began at St. Mary's Cathedral and went on to conduct the Auckland University, Dorian, National Youth, Wellington Cathedral, Orpheus and Kāpiti choirs. [The book] draws on conversations with <span class="highlight customHighlight">Peter</span> himself, as well as colleagues, family, friends and choir members. People such as Sir David Willcocks, <span class="highlight customHighlight">Peter</span> Averi, Karen Grylls, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hamilton and Nick Tipping describe a man with a remarkable ear whose commitments to choral music has changed lives. <span class="highlight customHighlight">Peter's</span> recollections include encounters with leading figures in the world of music like Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten."--Back cover.</p>