Peter Godfrey: Father of New Zealand Choral Music
Mākaro Press, $40.00,
On the book’s cover a young boy stands a little uncertainly before the camera. He’s wearing the Eton suit of a King’s College chorister, complete with top hat, and behind the Harry Potter glasses looks eager to please and enthusiastic, with perhaps a trace of mischief. Peter Godfrey may have been about 11 at the time; he’d passed the demanding audition to be a chorister, aged just nine, and left his family home in Bluntisham to board at King’s in Cambridge, staying till his voice broke five years later.
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