I am a native of Wellington, New Zealand
where I began my first studies in piano, completed my licentiate diplomas on
piano and organ, and my Bachelor of Music at Victoria
University, before embarking on a
career teaching piano and organ privately while giving concerts and organizing
exams for the Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts society. In those days I
was very busy teaching electronic organ as well and got involved in local
electronic organ clubs. I even started one in the Waikanae
Music Society, which I hear is doing very well.
In my early days I also became interested in
photography and model railways. I no longer develop my own photos, relying on
the expertise of a friend for that, and my efforts are less artistic than they
used to be! I no longer have a model railroad and my interest is now limited to
a computer programme!
I left New Zealand
in 1987 for a European study tour and was fortunate enough to be accepted in
with Professor Harald Vogel, a world authority on early performance practice and
north German organ repertoire. I spent a wonderful two years in Europe,
playing and hearing exciting organs.
Since finishing my formal studies in 1996 I
teach privately, give concerts, organize concerts, direct choirs, and sing in
choirs. While in Montreal I performed organ and piano concerts with pianist, Dr
I was an active member of the Kiwis in Montreal group. I have a very deep and varied spirituality which appreciates
all religions and beliefs from Anglicanism to Zen. However, I guess that the
life of a musician becomes engulfed in music. Most of my time is spent in my
different musical pursuits and psychology, my other passion. From 1991 to 1999
I was Music Director at Summerlea United Church,
Lachine, where I had a small choir of 10 voices. From 1997 to
2000 I founded and directed the New Exodus Singers, an evensong choir of 40 voices. From 1989 to 1999 I sang with the
Cathedral Singers at Christ
Church Cathedral, Montréal, a choir that sings a weekly choral evensong broadcast on
Radio Ville Marie every Sunday at
I was Honorary Assistant Director of Music at Trinity Anglican (Memorial)
Church and was on the Anniversary Committee as organ consultant. I have
organized and performed several concerts at Trinity. I also played for the Spiritual Science
Fellowship services and still play
for the International
Institute of Integral Human Sciences'
conferences every May.
In 1999 I accepted the invitation to be Music
Director at St Matthew's UnitedChurch in Toronto. I play a three manual electro-pneumatic Woodstock organ and direct a 10 voice semi-professional choir
during services every week. We perform a wide variety of music, from Gregorian
chant to jazz arrangements. It is a very busy, time consuming post where I have
organised many successful concerts and arts
In 2005 I accepted the position of Director
of Music for the English choir at St Clare's Catholic church,
Toronto. I play for the Sunday mass and have been improving the choir's performance
since being there. It is a very beautiful Italian style church, with a small
two manual organ with delicately stenciled (painted) pipes. It is of an unknown
Life in Canada's biggest city is interesting, although not as
charming as in Montréal. There is a wide variety of entertainment and different
interest groups which I take part in. Being further south we have a much less
cold winter, which is a blessing.
And when I am not playing or praying . . . I
am attending any one of the myriad cinemas in Toronto!
Here I offer you a few links that have interested me, especially for my fellow