Tom Chatterton

Director of Music for St Matthew-in-the-City

  1. The concert will include music by César Franck, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn
  2. Programme notes will be available, free, at the door

Tom Chatterton is from the UK and began his musical career as a Chorister in Lincoln Cathedral Choir, after which he became a music scholar at Uppingham School.  He continued his education at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, where he was awarded an organ scholarship and studied for a degree in music.  During this time he was appointed Acting Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, a post he held alongside his commitments at Corpus.  Whilst at Cambridge Tom made a number of CD and BBC recordings accompanying various College choirs on the organ, and gave numerous organ recitals across the UK and on international tours.

After graduating, Tom spent a further year at Jesus College as Assistant Organist, where he had the opportunity to focus on widening his organ repertoire and choral conducting skills, working with some of the most prestigious organists and choral conductors in the UK.

In September 2010, Tom took up the position of Organist and Music Teacher at Oakham School.  At Oakham, he had a number of responsibilities centred around both performing on the organ and teaching: he played for five services per-week, accompanied the school’s choirs, and taught class music from age 11 – 18.  Tom was also the conductor of Oakham Choral Society, an 80-strong community choir which performed a wide range of repertoire under his stewardship, including, Mozart’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.

After five years at Oakham, Tom, his wife Emma and the newly-arrived baby Arthur decided to move to New Zealand.  Having been in Auckland since July 2015, Tom, Emma and Arthur have settled in quickly and are enjoying life in the city.

Since March 2016 Tom has been the Director of Music at St Matthew-in-the-City Church, where he is responsible for all aspects of music and presides over the Willis organ.


The organ concert is free to all concert goers who have a ticket for the
APO Bayleys Great Classics concert at 7.30pm

The organ concert will begin at 6.00 pm

Amber Read will give the APO pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm
and the APO concert will start at 7.30 pm
Click here to read more about the APO’s concert: “The Greatest Love”