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Shrewsbury Chorale to premier work in memory of Brian Aschinger
by Cindy Allen for Vocal Area Network
Posted April 11, 2004

Brian AschingerOn June 5, 2004 at the Tower Hill Church in Red Bank, NJ, the Shrewsbury Chorale will premier a choral work entitled As Angels in some brighter dreams, written by English composer Howard Goodall. Mr. Goodall, one of Britain's busiest and most sought-after composers, is famous for composing British TV show theme songs, most notably those for Blackadder and Mr. Bean, as well as film music, choral and theatre works. As Angels in some brighter dreams was written for the chorale in memory of Brian Aschinger, the chorale’s Music Director from 1991-1997 who died in August of 2001. Mr. Aschinger was a good friend of Mr. Goodall. The chorale recently asked Mr. Goodall to tell us about his relationship with Mr. Aschinger and also how he came to write the piece. The following is his reply.

"Brian Aschinger was a dear friend to me and a champion of my musical theatre and choral works in the USA. He got in touch with me out of the blue one day in the mid-1980s, having heard a cast recording of my West End musical The Hired