Following on from Professor McAuley’s poetry and hymn-writing, below is a performance of McAuley’s The Six Days of Creation. The performance could well be called a “Catholicfest”, as the author, the composer and the soloist are (or were) all Australian Catholics.
Professor McAuley wrote the poem in 1963 while Professor of English Poetry at the University of Tasmania. It has been called “a celebration of Christian materialism”. More on the life of James McAuley can be found here.
The composer, George Palmer QC, besides being a composer is also a retired justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He was commissioned to write the Mass Benedictus Qui Venit for the closing Mass offered by Pope Benedict at the Sydney World Youth Day in 2008 at Royal Randwick.
Amelia Farrugia, our soloist, was also one of the two soloists at that Papal Mass. I hear she does a very mean Merry Widow as well.
Below is a recording of the “Sixth Day”, which, if my memory serves me correctly, was the day God created the beasts and man. Performances of the other five days can be found here.
Professor McAuley’s complete poem can be found here.