Conductor, Singer and Translator
JOHN HEARNE was also a professional singer and was a member of the John Currie Singers for more than 30 years. He has now retired from concert work.
Since 1989 John Hearne has conducted The Stonehaven Chorus, a small but enterprising choral society near Aberdeen which is gaining a reputation for progressive programming and a distinctive sound. Recent performances have included such rareties as The Peaceable Kingdom by Randall Thompson and the Mass for Double Chorus by Frank Martin. And in December 1995 the Chorus joined the Gothenburg Sinfonietta in a performance of Lars-Erik Larsson’s cantata Förklädd Gud (A God in Disguise) in a new English translation by John Hearne which is now published by Gehrmans Musikförlag, Stockholm. A recording of this translation is now available on IMCD 082 (Intim Musik AB). In 2008 John Hearne was asked by Gehrmans to prepare an English version of the Swedish text (by Bengt Pohjanen) of the ‘Requiem’ (2007) by Fredrik Sixten. This was published in July and launched at the World Symposium of Choral Music in Copenhagen. While working on the translation John Hearne decided to perform the work with The Stonehaven Chorus, and they presented the world première of the English version in May 2009 in the presence of the composer. The Requiem was repeated in Aberdeen on Remembrance Sunday 2011.
The Stonehaven Chorus has recently produced a CD [WP080701 “Rejoice and be Glad!”] which contains several of John Hearne’s compositions and arrangements as well as an unusual selection of choral pieces from Europe, America, and the British Isles. It is available from the Chorus website: http://www.stonehavenchorus.co.uk/7.html
In October 2009 The Stonehaven Chorus undertook a short tour to Germany and had the rare honour of being invited to sing at a midday service in Cologne Cathedral. John wrote the anthem “Crux Fidelis” for this occasion and it has since been performed by other groups.