Performances for “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”

My Christmas piece, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” is being performed in the USA and Australia this Christmas.

It’s looking like it’ll be programmed by the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra this holiday season.

The piece is also getting an outing by the Amateur Chamber Music Society in Sydney, Australia, who will be performing it on December 2 at Kirribilli Centre.

If you’re in either city and would like to attend a performance of the work, please contact the respective choirs and support them. I’m sure they’d be pleased to have extra audience come along and support all their hard rehearsal time!

In the meanwhile, here’s a performance of “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” by RMIT Occasional Choral Society in Melbourne, Australia.

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More performances – but I need to write!

They say that life not only imitates art, it gets in the way of art. In my case, both are incredibly true.

The last two years have been crazily busy, and I’ve had little time to create new music, although I’ve been jotting ideas down and scrabbling text together.

In late 2016 I sold the farm I owned with my ex-husband, and now I’ve moved back into the city (well, Dunedin is a small town really!) with my new partner Matt. Together with the four kids we have between us we’ve bought a new home, and begun the long process of renovations. It’s taking most of my spare time, bringing a beautiful old villa up to date, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the process, but it has left me little time for anything else creative.

Hence my lack of new music.

My apologies.

The last two years has, however, also seen a significant number of performances, as current pieces continue to get outings around the world. I continue to be one of the most regularly performed New Zealand composers, and possibly the most performed New Zealand female choral composer, a fact for which I am incredibly grateful and for which I feel very honoured.


Above, Mary Sings A Lullaby, performed by Coro Armonie in Voce, Italy, directed by Mario Riva. 16 August 2017.

Crescent Moon has had performances in Australia (Melbourne and Darwin), Spain, Iceland, Canada, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Ireland, and several more states in the Unites States including Oregon, Alabama, California, New York, Michigan, North Dakota and Florida.

Bell Carol was given eight performances in West bend, Wisconsin in the United States. Thanks so much to West Bend Masonic Lodge for contacting me, and letting me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

Where Is The Moon? had a recent outing in Quebec, Canada, and in Alabama, and various movements from The Wheel of the Year continue to be performed all around the world, finding favour in Spain and Brazil in particular. The entire Wheel of the Year was also performed in Goirle, near Tilburg in the Netherlands.

Finally, The Chocolate Song, a joint composition with my ex-husband Michael Winikoff, was recently performed in Liverpool, England.

Thankyou to all of the choirs and individuals who continue to perform my work. I will write more! I promise! Now we’re settled into our new home, composition has moved from the back burner to the front burner, so I’ll get in gear and get cracking! ๐Ÿ™‚

I heard the bells on Christmas Day – performance by RMIT Occasional Choral Society

Here’s a lovely performance of my piece “I heard the bells on Christmas Day” by RMIT Occasional Choral Society, Melbourne.

I didn’t even know they’d performed it until recently!

Here’s the text, for those of you unfamiliar with Longfellow’s classic 1864 civil war poem, “Christmas Bells”. I’ve omitted a few verses, for length.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
โ€œThere is no peace on earth,โ€ I said;
โ€œFor hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!โ€

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
โ€œGod is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.โ€

The piece opens with just women singing (soprano and alto), then tenor join in, then bass for a verse, then a solo tenor verse before the full choir extend to six part harmony for the final verse.

I hope you enjoy the piece. I think they did a great job of it.