March 27, 2017

CHANge of Organist at St Matthew-in-the-City

Many will be interested to know something about the recently appointed outstanding Organist, Paul Chan, at St Matthew-in-the-City.

PAUL CHAN graduated from the University of Auckland with a Graduate Diploma in Music. He earned his LRSM and ATCL diplomas in organ performance while he was under the tutelage of Philip Smith, James Tibbles, and Dr John Wells.

He has worked with many choirs both overseas and locally, and has served as organist at St Andrew’s First Presbyterian Church and St Luke’s Anglican Church in Auckland.

In 2016, he was awarded a joint first prize in the NZOA Organ Performance Award and a University Blues Award in Organ.

As the former organ scholar of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, he worked with the Cathedral Choir and the music team on many occasions, including choral evensongs, Sunday Eucharists and major feasts.

Paul is also currently the Organist at King’s College where he teaches organ and plays for their chapel services. He also accompanies the college’s choirs on special events such as the annual Big Sing Competition.

Paul is passionate about church music and has been appointed the Organist of St Matthew-in-the-City since early 2017, where he presides over the Willis organ. Despite his busy schedule, Paul is also completing his post-graduate studies in music at the university.