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jewel in sydney's heart fighting back against big and boring

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jewel in sydney's heart fighting back against big and boring

centring it all is ccsl’s world-renowned musical lineage; its celebrated organist-composer peter jewkes, its breathtaking 40-person choir and its mild-mannered plainsong scholar and director of music dr neil mcewan who, after 45 years, retires this week.mcewan was born into the tiny scots-influenced river-mouth hamlet of fortrose at aotearoa new zealand’s grim nether tip. his grandmother was maori and his father ran the local shop. sometimes his dad would close early, launch the dinghy and take the kids fishing, returning with a couple of dozen flounder for dinner.neil mcewan, fourth from left, rehearsing for a performance.photo: dallas kilponenother times, aged 10 or 11, mcewan and friends would farewell their parents for 24 hours and t...