I owe my my more than 40 years of musical service to churches to the inspiration Patrick provided me as a teenager. His contribution to music was inestimable and he will be missed. May he Rest In Peace with choirs of angels.
I joined Musica Orbium in 1994. I was 32 and I thought it was so cool that Rob gave me 32 as my chorister number. I realized in a very short time what a privilege I had been granted to sing with Patrick.
Not a concert went by that I didn't thank my stars that Patrick had let me join Musica Orbium. I always thought that I wasn't good enough to belong, but he had faith in me and made me a part of that very special, close-knit, extremely talented, wonderful group. I sang amazing, unusual, heart-rending, crazy, wonderful pieces. Patrick expanded my musical horizons incredibly.
When I heard that Patrick had left us, my heart plummeted and a part of my soul died. Patrick was a special part of my life. I had never imagined life without him there to conduct me...us. And I am wounded beyond repair
I lost my father 6 months ago. My mom, who had been with him for 60 years said, " I send Rob all my love and support. I know some of what he is feeling now. Patrick was so special. And now both of us are bereft. It is we who remain that have to face the darkness of living every moment of our remaining lives without the light of the ones we loveď."
My deepest sympathies to all who loved Patrick. 💖