Cathedral Church of St Mary

Newcastle upon Tyne



The casual visitor to the Cathedral may not be familiar with the name Colin Brumby however, regular parishioners attending choral services at St Mary’s will have heard his music. The Cathedral choir have been very fortunate to have such a talented , gifted composer writing music especially for them. Colin was born in 1933 in Melbourne Australia and had a long and important career within music composing many and varied pieces of music ranging from, symphonies, concertos, operas, film scores, in fact music in almost every musical genre. 

Colin's association with the choir lasted over 10 years, invariably receiving a text containing his usual brief from Howard Baker our late choirmaster. The request was that Colin ‘compose a piece of music, tuneful, not too long or too difficult but can be sung in 4 parts and easily picked up by the congregation’. It was quite a demanding task, but Colin always produced something interesting and ‘singable’. He was always happy to give his time free of any cost to us and expressed that his ‘payment’ was that his music was heard and appreciated. 

Sadly Colin died on the 3 January 2018 and the Choir and Clergy extend their condolences to his family and friends and give thanks for his life and for his contribution to music especially here at the Cathedral. 

Holy Mass will be offered for Colin on Sunday March 18 at 11.30am, during which the choir will perform a number of his compositions. 
May his soul and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. 

David Allison, 
Cathedral Organist