Appointment of Organist and Director of Music

St. Thomas's Anglican Church
announces the appointment of

Matthew Larkin,
Organist and Director of Music


April 30, 2017

The Rector and Wardens of St. Thomas's Anglican Church, 383 Huron St., Toronto, are very pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Larkin as Organist and Director of Music, effective August 1, 2017.

 

 

One of Canada's best-known and influential Anglican musicians, Matthew Larkin has served a number of parish communities with distinction since receiving his early music education as a boy chorister at St. George's Cathedral in Kingston, Ontario. He was Organ Scholar and later Assistant Organist of St. George's while in high school, after which he attended the University of Toronto (as Organ Scholar of Trinity College) to study with John Tuttle at the Faculty of Music. For a time, he also studied with Nicholas Danby at the Royal College of Music in London, England. In 1988, Matthew moved to the west coast to become Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of St. John the Divine, Victoria, and upon returning to Ontario in 1995, he was appointed Director of Music at St. Matthew's Church, Ottawa. In 2002-03 he served as Music Associate at St. James' Cathedral, Toronto, and was then called to Ottawa's Christ Church Cathedral, where he has just completed his fourteenth year as Director of Music.

Well regarded as an accompanist, composer, conductor, recitalist, and recording artist, Matthew is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the recipient of a number of distinctions and awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (for his work with young choristers) and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (honoris causa) from Thorneloe University, Sudbury. During his years in Ottawa, Matthew has worked extensively with several sacred and secular choirs, including the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa (1997-2006) and the Ottawa Choral Society (2005-12), and has toured internationally with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (who, under his direction, will be in residence at Gloucester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey this July). He maintains a busy schedule of concerts and recitals in addition to his work as a liturgical musician, and has performed throughout North America, Europe, Great Britain, and in China.

Matthew looks forward to assuming his duties on August 1. "It is both a privilege and an honour to be called to serve St. Thomas's Church as Organist and Director of Music, particularly given the rich liturgical and musical tradition of the community, so well upheld and nourished by my illustrious predecessors," he says. "John Tuttle has been one of the most important influences on my life and career, as teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. I am deeply humbled to be granted the opportunity to succeed him."

"We are thrilled to have Matthew Larkin join us," says Fr. Mark Andrews, Rector of St. Thomas's. "Music plays an essential role in our liturgies, and the parish has been blessed with faithful and accomplished musical leadership from its earliest days. Matthew is a brilliant musician who appreciates our traditions and knows that music is an avenue to God and from God. Not only will he uphold St. Thomas's traditions, but he will also develop them in new ways, and he brings a desire to use music to enhance the social outreach ministries of the Church. I look forward to working with him to further our mission, both within the parish and beyond."

The Wardens wish to express their sincere thanks to the members of the Director of Music Search Committee: Fr. Mark Andrews, Larry Beckwith (chair), Suzanne Coultes, John Lawson, Peter Madgett, and Stephanie Martin.



ABOUT THE PARISH

St. Thomas's Church, Toronto, is one of the oldest Anglo-Catholic congregations in Canada. Established in 1874, the parish has been, from its earliest days, at the forefront of the liturgical and musical life of the Anglican Church of Canada. Located in the historic Huron-Sussex neighbourhood, adjacent to the University of Toronto campus, the church was designed in the Arts and Crafts style by the renowned architect and parishioner Eden Smith (1858-1949).

Excellent choral and organ music are vital components of all Sunday services, Feast Days, and the special liturgies of Advent and Holy Week. There are three choral services each Sunday: Sung Eucharist (Contemporary Rite) at 9:30 a.m.; Solemn Eucharist (Traditional Rite) at 11 a.m.; and Solemn Evensong and Devotions at 7 p.m. The music is extraordinarily diverse - from plainsong and Renaissance masterpieces to gems of the British cathedral tradition and contemporary Canadian compositions.

John Tuttle served as Organist and Choirmaster from September 1989 to July 2016, since which time Elizabeth Anderson has been the Interim Organist and Choirmaster. Previous music directors include Gerald Webster (from 1977 to 1989) and Walter MacNutt (from 1954 to 1977).

The Choirs of St. Thomas's Church have been prize winners in the CBC Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs and have sung in residence at York Minster and Gloucester Cathedral (2005); Salisbury Cathedral and St. Paul's, London (2010); and Canterbury Cathedral, St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Westminster Abbey (2013).

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As an active and welcoming Anglo‐Catholic parish rooted in Scripture, Reason and Tradition, we worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness and witness to Christ through pastoral care, music, education, discipleship, and service.