30 Sep 2017

Peter Godfrey (1922-2017)

From Appointment, 1:00 pm on 30 September 2017
Peter Godfrey with his Arts Foundation Icon Award

Peter Godfrey with his Arts Foundation Icon Award Photo: Supplied


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.

Music Details:

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

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