Front page is black and white with photo of a church steeple. At the top is the title [Silent Night Divine]. To the left of the picture [A modern Christmas song with / inspired lyric and melody / written and composed by / Hans J. Schwalb / Piano arrangement by / John Christmass]. Music score on inside. Back page top half is photo of Hans-Joachim Schwalb with his life story and bottom half a photo of John Christmass with his life story. Back page is black with white stars and the church steeple bottom right.

Historical information

In c2010 John was asked by the author of the music, Hans Schwalb, to write a piano arrangement for the Christmas carol he had written. Hans was a fan of John's work and musical skills.
John Christmass moved to the Kelmscott area in the 1970s. John had taught music since the 1940s and later joined the Department of Education and was in charge of their choral music program.
In 1985 he retired from the education department and focussed his time on teaching and promoting music from his Kelmscott office. From there he managed the I Voci Choir which was made up of past students from Perth Modern School aged 18-30.
John was the musical director for the Perth Anzac Day Services from 1971 to the early 2000s, he started the 1st Vienna Pops concert and the Best of British concert at the Perth Concert Hall in c1987 and 1991 respectively to help raise money for Rotary. He directed his last in 2013 and 2012. He was presented with the Order of Australia in 2012, for his services to music, plus many other local and state awards over the years.
Locally he directed many concerts, taught music, advocated for a concert venue in the City of Armadale and was a strong advocate for the local art and culture scene.



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21 cm
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29.5000 cm
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This object is part of a collection of items that tells the story of the creativity and ingenuity of members of the local community in relation to art, design and engineering/construction. The collection relates to expressions of creativity that impacted an individual or small group of people to objects that have been enjoyed around the world.

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City of Armadale - History House

City of Armadale - History House

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