Sadly, we have heard of the death of Colin Mawby on Sunday, 24th November 2019, at the age of 83. One of our foremost composers, he will be greatly missed by Kevin and Barbara and all the staff at Kevin Mayhew.
Colin Mawby was a prolific choral conductor and composer. His vocal writing is widely acknowledged to be masterly and his music inspirational. As a conductor, he worked with the London Mozart Players, the Wren Orchestra, Pro Cantione Antiqua, the Belgian Radio Choir and the BBC Singers. He was Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, London, Choral Director at Radio Telefís Éireann (RTE) and artistic director of Ireland's National Chamber Choir. On his retirement from the National Chamber Choir in 2001, he was appointed Artistic Director Emeritus to the choir.
As a composer, his extensive output includes twenty-four masses, five song cycles, a large number of settings for choir and two children's operas. He received commissions from RTE, Westminster Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, the Royal School of Church Music, the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, and Grace Church, New York, USA. Recent works include a piece written especially for the Requiem of Cardinal Basil Hume and a fanfare for the opening of the Concert Hall in Dublin City University. Awards include Top Honors in the 2002 Waging Peace Through Singing competition in Oregon, USA for his Prayer of Forgiveness. His setting of Psalm 23 was included on Charlotte Church's CD, Voice of an Angel and Ave Maria was recorded on The Celtic Tenors CD, So Strong.