Eternal Spirit

If there is one aspect of human life common to all people and cultures it must surely be music. Of all musical expressions, human voices are often the most moving and engaging.

At the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul we have a long and celebrated tradition of choral music that has stirred the hearts of many thousands of people. Music is truly food for the soul.

It is no accident that this CD is being released during our 50th anniversary celebrations. Over the course of 2014, we have enjoyed the very best of our choral worship in diverse expressions of the faith. It has also been a time to remember that much of the music performed this year was written specifically for our choir. In that light, every piece on this CD is unique to our Cathedral musicians. May this music bring hope to all who listen.

The Very Reverend Digby Wilkinson, former Dean of Wellington
(introduction taken from liner notes of CD)

Christmas at the Cathedral

Christmas organ music recorded at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul by Michael Stewart (Organist and Director of Music) and Richard Apperley (Assistant Director of Music)

The fragrance of evergreen Advent wreaths, Christmas trees with real candles, stomping through the snow to Midnight Mass with church bells ringing out into the crisp night air, and cheerful organ music welcoming us in out of the cold – these are my memories of Advent and Christmas spent in Alsace-Lorraine, on the border between France and Germany.

Of course the Advent and Christmas seasons are very different in New Zealand, seasons of heat and light rather than the cold and darkness of the European winter, marked too by the challenges of Christmas shopping and end of year festivities all coming at us at once.

All the more reason, then, to take time to enjoy and appreciate some of the beautiful seasonal music of the organ repertoire, to remind us of the true message of the Advent and Christmas seasons, Christ coming to dwell with us, and to help us prepare our hearts for his coming.

Organ music is an intrinsic part of the worship of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. This collection of organ music for Advent and Christmas is the first solo recording of the instrument since 2006, and focuses particularly on the French and German Baroque periods. It is a collaboration between Director of Music Michael Stewart and Assistant Director of Music Richard Apperley, who also takes the credit for the recording engineering. Proceeds from this recording will go towards future rebuilding of the organ. Thank you for your support.

Canon Jenny Wilkens, former Priest in Charge
(introduction taken from liner notes of CD)

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