March 7, 2016

St Matthews in the City appointment

St Matthews in the City has appointed a new Director of Music. Tom Chatterton performed his first Service on Sunday 6 March 2016.Tom photo

Tom is from the UK and began his musical career as a Chorister in Lincoln Cathedral Choir, after which he became a music scholar at Uppingham School. He continued his education at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar and studied for a degree in music. During this time he was appointed Acting Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, a post he held alongside his commitments at Corpus. Whilst at Cambridge Tom made a number of CD and BBC recordings accompanying various College Choirs on the organ, and gave numerous organ recitals across the UK and on international tours.

After graduating, Tom spent a further year at Jesus College as Assistant Organist, where he had the opportunity to focus on widening his repertoire, working with some of the most prestigious organists and choral conductors in the UK.

In September 2010, he took up the position of Organist and Music Teacher at Oakham School. At Oakham, Tom had a number of responsibilities centred around both performing on the organ and teaching. He was also the conductor of Oakham Choral Society, an 80-strong community choir which performed a wide range of repertoire under his stewardship.

After five very happy years at Oakham, Tom, his wife Emma and the newly-arrived baby, Arthur, decided to move to New Zealand (or rather back to NZ in the case of Emma). Having been in Auckland since July, Tom, Emma and Arthur have settled in quickly and are enjoying life in the city.

Away from music, Tom enjoys keeping up-to-date with current affairs, trying new food and wines.

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