Mark’s no one-hymn wonder

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Talented Queenstown musician Mark Wilson launches a collection of original hymns next week.

The well-known pianist, keyboardist and organist, blind since birth, has written 16 religious songs under the title Seeds of Faith, which he’s producing as a CD, music book and booklet of lyrics.

Wilson, 46, says he’s only sporadically written hymns till now.

His 1995 Christmas carol, Dunstan Carol, was published in a volume by The New Zealand Hymnbook Trust and has been sung in Britain and other places.

“It’s about time that I let people know that I’m not just a one-hymn wonder,” he quips.

Wilson says Seeds of Faith “explores the themes of creating, planting, nurturing and growth, rooted in the soil of God’s creating, redeeming and sustaining love”.

He’s written the music and all the lyrics apart from one hymn which his father penned.

The music’s eclectic, ranging from the calypso You Are The Risen Christ and the reflective Batteries to the “raunchy blues rock” of God Is Awesome.

Wilson says: “It is a mini musical Garden of Eden.”

The catalyst for the project, which he started in early May, was a $1000 grant from the hymnbook trust, he says.

To further help fund the project, which is costing about $8000, the Wakatipu Association of Anglican Women is holding a fundraising luncheon and concert at Frankton’s St Margaret’s Church next Friday.

Wilson says the booklet of lyrics will be available at the launch, while the music book and CD will follow a month or so later.

He’s also planning a concert tour of NZ over the first few months of next year.

Wilson adds he’s indebted to the support of his equally musically-talented wife Emma Wilson and other musicians like Queenstowner Nigel Hirst, whose recording equipment he’s using.

“I know I have struck the right chord, as it were, when I get people like Nigel singing little phrases from the hymns around the house.”

Emma says: “Even if you’re not a believer, the range of music is fun to listen to.

“This is the first collection of many, I think.”

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