Organist and Director of Music

 

Matthew Larkin,
Organist and Director of Music

 

 

One of Canada's best-known and influential Anglican musicians, Matthew Larkin was appointed Organist and Director of Music at St. Thomas's effective August 1, 2017.

Matthew 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 was Organist and Director of Music for 14 years.

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. 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. In July 2017, the choir was in residence at Gloucester Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and St. Alban's.

Matthew maintains a busy schedule of concerts and recitals in addition to his work as a liturgical musician, and has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Great Britain, and in China.