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Blue Work

The Non-Singing Seats

for violin, viola and narrator

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  6m 10s

Year:  2008
Duration:  6m 10s

Composer:   Helen Bowater


A setting of Greg O'brien's poem The Non-Singing Seats which describes, with imagination and humour, an impression of the impact organist and musician Maxwell Fernie had on worshippers at St Mary’s of the Angels in Wellington.

Helen says: "The poem also found its way into Greg's two etchings inspired by the life and music of Max Fernie. Greg donated these etchings to the Lilburn House while I was resident composer there."

Commissioned note

Written when resident composer in Jack C Richards/Creative New Zealand residency (2008-2009)

Dedication note

Dedicated to Max Fernie (on his 100th birthday celebration)

Contents note

one movement

Text note

Greg O'Brien "The Non-Singing Seats" published in Moving Worlds (Leeds University) 2008

Performance history