Cathedral to host memorial service for arts icon

Professor Peter Godfrey, who died 28 September at the age of 95, is to be remembered in a Memorial Service at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on Sunday 12 November at 5.00pm. Peter Godfrey was honoured with a CBE and an Arts Icon Award for his extraordinary contribution to music in this country, ever since his arrival here from England in 1958.  He became Professor of Music at Auckland University, and led several music groups, particularly choral groups, for many years both in Auckland and in Wellington.  He conducted the National Youth Choir (now New Zealand Youth Choir), and was instrumental in the establishment of New Zealand Choral Federation.  In the mid-eighties, he was Director of Music at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, and Music Director of the Orpheus Choir, and later Kapiti Chorale and Kapiti Chamber Choir, as well as St Michael’s Parish Church Choir.

Peter Godfrey is remembered by countless musicians for his exceptional work in teaching the choral art and the beauty of making music, for his encouragement and support of young musicians, and for his tireless work in furthering the quality of choral singing in this country for over half a century.

The memorial service will give those who knew him and sang in his choirs the opportunity to express their gratitude for what he has given to New Zealand.  Each of the Wellington area choirs will sing a favourite piece, tributes will be given by long-time friend and colleague Peter Averi, John Rosser, Chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation, and by Simon Bowden representing the Arts Foundation.  The service will be led by the Dean of Wellington, the Very Reverend Digby Wilkinson.

All are welcome to attend, and singers are invited to join the massed choirs in singing two of Peter Godfrey’s favourite works – Wood’s Oculi Omnium and Brahms’ How Lovely are Thy Dwellings.  They are required to attend the rehearsal at 3.30pm, and can obtain more information and music scores by emailing Judy Berryman

5.00pm Sunday 12 November
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
Cnr Molesworth and Hill Sts

Judy Berryman MNZM
04 479 5384
029 479 5384