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."
Written when resident composer in Jack C Richards/Creative New Zealand residency (2008-2009)
Dedicated to Max Fernie (on his 100th birthday celebration)
Greg O'Brien "The Non-Singing Seats" published in Moving Worlds (Leeds University) 2008
25 Apr 2010: Maxwell Fernie Memorial Concert