Attended Westminster Cathedral Choir between 1955 and 1959 under George Malcolm. Was the boy alto soloist on the Victoria's Tenebrae Responses (John Hahessy and Micael Ronayne were 1st and 2nd trebles) and was the boy alto soloist with Hahessy and Ronayne in the original 1959 recording of Benjamin Britten's Missa Brevis
Did not follow a classical musical career after leaving school but in 1967 moved to Sydney Australia where he much later took up choral singing again and spent 11 years with the Sydney Phiharmionia Choir - 3 years of this in the select Motet Choir.
John HahessyMichael Ronayne Westminster Cathedral ChoirKenneth Willes Director: George Malcolm
At Christmas in 1958, Benjamin Britten went to hear the boys of the Westminster Cathedral Choir sing his Ceremony of Carols conducted by George Malcolm. He was so impressed by their voices, he wanted to write something for them. The result is the Missa Brevis, recorded here for the first time.
Westminster Cathedral ChoirJohn HahessyMichael RonayneKenneth Willes Later releases:
Decca 425 078-2, CD; Argo Eclipse ECS 747, LP 1975; Double Decca 433 914-2, CD 1992
Second Soprano soloist in Victoria's Responsories for Tenebrae recorded in Westminster Cathedral in April 1959 with the Cathedral Choir under the inspired conducting of George Malcolm.
Hahessy is not credited on the CD liner or notes, but was identified in the LP issue on Argo Eclipse ECS 747 (1975), with Michael Ronayne as First Soprano soloist.
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