THE STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC
by Vince Corozine (Music arranger and conductor)
Gary Stephens, Director of Youth With a Mission in Hong Kong (YWAM) contacted me and told me that he had seen a production of my original score for a dramatic dance entitled "Toymaker and Son" in New Zealand. He wanted to know if I would be interested in composing an original score for a dramatic dance choreographed by the YWAM missionaries stationed in Hong Kong. He went on to say that "Tribute" would be approximately 40 minutes in length and "Triumph" would be a scaled down version of about eight minutes. Both productions, like
"Toymaker and Son" would be used to get the Gospel message out to the people of Asia.
I accepted and my wife Norma and I flew 23 hours to Hong Kong to discuss the project. We stayed with the missionaries at the YWAM base for eight days in the sweltering days of August.
During the eight days I met with the organizer (who hires the musicians), checked out recording studios, met with recording engineers, listened to their work, and met some musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
I concluded that I could record very comfortably in Hong Kong, realizing that the cost would be considerably less (about 50%) as compared with recording in the United States. I would need an experienced recording engineer for this project. I contacted Paul Massey in Toronto, who was the recording engineer for "Toymaker and Son" that was recorded with members of the Toronto Symphony. Paul eagerly accepted the assignment.
Everything fell into place and my family and I travelled to Hong Kong and stayed at the YWAM base on Hong Kong Island. This was the Army Hospital that was used during WWII and was used in the film "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones.
My family spent most of their time hanging out with the YWAM missionaries while I spent eight hours each day in a recording studio. We were introduced to Asian culture and immediately fell in love with the Chinese people.
Following the recording of "Tribute" and "Triumph" Gary asked if I would consider arranging praise and worship music. We agreed on the song selections and recorded 35 song titles over the next few years, again using members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. All together I made five trips to Hong Kong.
"Giving Glory I" is our first venture into the Christian music market. We hope to follow through with "Giving Glory II' and "Mighty Warrior" CDs.
God unexpectedly thrust me into a world of music, missions, and memories
that will be cherished forever by my family. The integrity of the YWAM missionaries, the professionalism of the symphony musicians, combined with the adventure of travel across the globe, with the allure of Chinese culture made a profound impact on our lives.
I trust that this music will uplift your spirits and be a blessing to you and to your family.