During the first period at Linwood High School from 1962-65 the music was managed exclusively by Brian Barrett, a brilliant pianist, singer, conductor, timpanist—in short a very sensitive and capable all round musician. Although one had the feeling he would have been much more at home at the university, he never found a place there, and he never complained about having to teach class music—something which would have driven me mad. Occasionally I visited his classes with my clarinet and he also performed my setting of Psalm 8 with his University Madrigal Singers. During my two years in Europe 1966-67 he left Linwood for a job in Perth. I was never to see him again—he was there for only a short time before he died of cancer and his wife, Mary, and three children had to return to Christchurch without him.

In memoriam Brian Barrett (6 min) is an experimental piece, using fragments of the Gregorian Dies Irae. There is a special part for timpani, which instrument Brian also played in the Christchurch Civic Orchestra.