Peter Godfrey emigrated to NZ in 1958 and the list of choirs and organisations that benefitted from his vision, energy and leadership is a long one.
In recognition of his contribution to music, Peter received an MBE in 1978, a CBE in 1988, and was made Professor Emeritus at Auckland University in 1982. He received an Arts Foundation Icon Award in 2005.
In this feature, recorded to mark his 80th birthday, Peter Godfrey talks with Des Wilson and reflects on a lifetime of music-making.
GAUNTLETT: Once in Royal David’s City - ARGO RG 39 (LP)
MENDELSSOHN arr Godfrey: Oh for the wings of a dove - EMERALD GEM GES 1112
TREMAIN: Symphony for Strings - RNZ Archive
BYRD: Iustorem animae - KIWI CD SLD 109
MEWS: Ghost, fire, water - KIWI CD SLD 108
BRITTEN: Burning Fiery Furnace - LONDON 414 663
SCHUBERT: Ständchen - KIWI CD TRL 025
DIENES: Jesu Dulcis Memoria - KIWI TC SLD 89
PEARSALL: Lay a Garland - MOVE MCD 050
BRAHMS: A German Requiem - RNZ recording
HANDEL: Messiah - RNZ recording