Saturday, March 22, 2008

Richard Kidd on "arranging for the Pope - and 58,000 others"

Arranging for the Pope - and 58,000 Others - The Telegraph-Journal profiles Richard Kidd of Darling's Island, selected by Dr. Jennifer Pascual of St. Patrick's Cathedral to arrange his hymn, "Feast of Victory" for the Yankee Stadium public mass:

A seasoned composer and consummate arranger, Kidd is a member of the Richard Kidd Quartet jazz band. He teaches music at Rothesay Netherwood School, plays the organ at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John and has played trombone with Symphony New Brunswick for nearly 20 years. In December he assembled a 55-member choir to sing Handel's Messiah with the symphony.

Over the past couple of weeks Kidd has set himself to the task of arranging The Feast of Victory for a 58-member orchestra and choir of 200. In most churches, the four-verse Easter hymn would be accompanied by a lone piano or organ.

In an interview earlier this week, Kidd described the hymn as "uplifting."

"It's a very happy sort of tune," he said.