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Maurice Faulknor


Born: 1930 Died: 2019


Maurice Faulknor was born in Wellington in 1930 within the sound of the bells of St. Peter's Anglican Church on Willis St. Educated at St. Marks Church School and Wellington College, he developed a love of music as a boy through piano lessons and singing as a choirboy at St. Peter's Anglican Church on Willis St.

A change of track occurred as a teenager when an active interest in the highland bagpipe took hold. Many years later, organ lessons with Maxwell Fernie started and also a return to the piano with study under Sister Henry of Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt. Faulknor appears on a recording of Highland Pipe Band music released in the 1977, though playing organ rather than bagpipes.

He became the accompanist for the Wainuiomata Choir under John Knox and also played in musical productions mounted by Wainuiomata's Little Theatre. Choir singing resumed with the St. James' Church choir under Ivan Hills and Janet Gibbs and on retiring to the Kapiti Coast singing in the Kapiti Chorale under Peter Godfrey and also Peter's St. Michael's Church choir in Waikanae. Under these influences musical composition began, mainly choral works. Compositions for the organ have received prizes in the N.Z. Organists' Association competitions over the years.

Maurice Faulknor passed away in 2019.

Composed (38)

3 by 3

for piano, 6m

A boy was born

for SATB choir, 1m 35s

A Red, Red Rose

for SATB choir

A Song of Wainuiomata

for unison choir and piano

A Student's Suite

for piano

Ae Fond Kiss

for SATB choir

Baby Jesus

for SATB choir

Choral Prelude

for organ

Christians, Awake!

for SATB choir

Come Now, Lord Jesus

for SATB choir

Easter Morn

for organ

God of Unchangeable Power

for SATB choir

Hosanna to the Son of David

for SATB choir, 2m

Jesu Dulcis Memoria

for SATB choir

Lament for Lost Children in Time of War

for SATB choir and organ

Let Christians All

for SATB choir

Pie Jesu

for violin, organ, soprano and SATB choir

Prayer of St. Columba

for SATB choir, flute and piano

Psalm 23

for SATB choir


for organ

Ruakaka Bay

for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano, 2m

Salvator Mundi

for SATB choir


for organ


for SATB choir

Stop! and Listen!

for SATB choir

The Four Seasons

for woodwind quartet

The Lonely Seagull

for flute and piano, 2m

The Sandfly Song

for SATB choir and piano

The Stars Danced

for SATB choir

The Turning Wheel

for SATB choir

There is no rose

for SATB choir

Three Christmas Carols

for SATB choir

What Child is this?

for SATB choir and piano