Composed in 1993 for the Christ’s College Chapel Choir, this is a setting of the famous text by Canadian poet John McCrae. Although it refers to the campaign in northern Europe, it seemed fitting as a work to be sung at ANZAC Day services here in New Zealand capturing, as it does, the sadness and feeling of senseless waste of the Great War. The score was revised in 2004 but only in terms of editorial and technical additions.
Tawa celebrated 100 years of Women’s Suffrage at a concert on 28th Nov. 1993 at the Baptist Church. This piece, written for the occasion was performed by the composer. It represents the valley prior to human habitation.