August 17, 2016

Transitional Cathedral Organist

Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral (Anglican) recently appointed Harry Meehan as its organ scholar.

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He originates from the capital city of Ireland, Dublin, where he was born in 1994 and comes to NZ now after a remarkable journey around UK organs and churches.

At the age of 16, he became one of the youngest ever organ scholars at St Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland.

Harry held the scholarship for two consecutive years. During this time he accompanied the Cathedral choir regularly on the glorious Willis organ for their twelve weekly sung services.

In 2012, Harry moved to Truro in Cornwall to take up the Cathedral’s organ scholarship for a year. There he played an active role in its thriving music department and was again spoiled by another renowned Willis organ.

During this time, he was awarded an organ scholarship to The Queen’s College, Oxford University, where he has just completed an undergraduate music degree. His duties in Oxford included conducting the famous Queen’s Chapel Choir as well as accompanying them on the world-renowned Frobenius organ.

In addition, he has worked with the boys and men of the choir of St. Giles’ Church, as their Senior Organ Scholar, and was organist to the Christ Church College Choir and Assistant Organist at Hertford College.

Harry has played live on both Irish and English radio (RTE1 and BBC3) and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.