CURRENT MUSIC DIRECTOR
Andrew McAnerney 2015-present was raised in the Anglican choral tradition as a boy chorister at Cirencester Parish Church and Gloucester Cathedral. After studying music at Magdalen College, Oxford, he was appointed a tenor lay clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle before moving to London and pursuing a musical career working as a conductor, soloist, consort singer and arranger.
Over the last twenty years, Andrew has founded choirs in Oxford, Guildford and London and conducted a range of community, academic and professional ensembles. He is a Hyperion Artist and appears on numerous recordings including plainsong, psalms and opera.
In addition to touring Europe with the Tallis Scholars, Brabant Ensemble and Contrapunctus, career highlights have included radio and TV broadcasts (including 18 appearances on BBC Radio Three’s Choral Evensong), singing at various royal events including the wedding of Prince Edward in 1999, and taking part in hundreds of choral services in churches, chapels and cathedrals throughout the world.
In 2012, Andrew relocated from England to Ottawa where he lives with his young family.
PREVIOUS MUSIC DIRECTORS AND ORGANISTS
James Caswell 1995-96, 2007-2014 is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with degrees in music and education, and is in demand in the National Capital Region as conductor, accompanist and clinician. James is the vocal performance teacher in the Arts Canterbury programme at Canterbury High School in Ottawa. Mr. Caswell was the Music director of the Canadian Centennial Choir from 1994 -2009. From 1992 to 2001 James was the Director of Music at First Baptist, and the accompanist for the University of Ottawa Choir from 1991 to 1998. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, the Ottawa Choral Society and the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus. He has also appeared as organist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. In 1998, he was a participant conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival, under Helmuth Rilling.
Stephen Candow was co-director in 2008 and 2010 with James Caswell. In 2012 Stephen will join the ACO as the organist. Stephen is a native of St John's, Newfoundland, holds a conjoint BMus/BMusEd from Memorial University and a MMus in performance from the University of Toronto. In 1998 Stephen won the post of Guinness Organ Scholar at Christ Church Dublin, Ireland. Following his year in Dublin, he went on to become the assistant organist in Canada's Methodist Cathedral, Metropolitan United in Toronto. While there, he was also the accompanist for the renowned Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. Stephen returned to Newfoundland in 2002 where became organist and choirmaster of St Michael and All Angels Anglican Parish, an accompanist for the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir and chair of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Avalon Centre. In 2005, he moved to Ottawa to take up the prestigious post of Director of Music at St Matthew's Anglican Church. In 2010 Stephen and his family returned to Newfoundland.
Matthew Larkin Our Music Director from 1996 to 2006, Matthew Larkin has led the Chorale on five U.K. Tours, and for 10 years in our offerings to Churches here in the Ottawa area. A native of Oxford, England, Matthew Larkin moved to Canada shortly before his sixth birthday. Matthew received his early musical training as a boy chorister at St. George’s Cathedral (Anglican) in Kingston, Ontario, becoming assistant organist there while still in high school. He later studied with John Tuttle at the University of Toronto, and was Organ Scholar of Trinity College. He also attended the Royal College of Music, London, UK, where he was a student of Nicholas Danby. Matthew began his professional career as a choral conductor in Victoria, BC, where he was appointed Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of St. John the Divine in 1988. He moved to Ottawa in 1995 to take up a similar position at St. Matthew’s Church, where he built the St. Matthew’s Boys’ Choir into an ensemble of national importance. In the 2002-2003 academic year, he served as Director of the Choir of Men and Boys at St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto. In September 2003 Matthew was appointed Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa. While in Ottawa, Matthew has served as Director of the Ottawa Opera Boys’ Choir (1999-2002), Founding Director of Euphonia Chamber Choir (2001-2004) In June 2005, Matthew began duties as Director of the Ottawa Choral Society, the national capital region’s most historic choir. Matthew enjoys an enviable reputation as a recitalist, accompanist, composer and recording artist, and has appeared as soloist with many of Canada’s orchestras and in concert halls across Canada.
Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill was Associate Director of the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa from 2003 to 2006. Bruce was on three U.K. Tours with the Chorale - Wells in 1998, Exeter in 2004, and Canterbury in 2006. A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill completed his MA in musico logy at the University of Victoria before moving to Toronto for doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. He left his job as Organist at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Victoria, and for seven years was Organist and Choirmaster at St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Scarborough, and College Organist for St. Michael's College on the University of Toronto campus. In 1997 he he became Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Deer Park in Toronto. He was the accompanist for Pax Christi Chorale, and the rehearsal accompanist for the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Bruce was also a member of the award-winning Exultate Chamber Singers. Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill died on Sunday, March 18, in his 48th year. We will all miss his energetic, lively, gregarious presence that radiated an equal love for music and people.
Andrew Teague founded the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa in 1994, and was a music director and/or organist until 2002. Andrew was the Organist & Choirmaster at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Ottawa during the early nineties. He was founder member of the committee of the South Eastern Ontario branch of the Royal School of Church Music. On returning to the UK in 1994 to take up the post of Director of Music at St. Elphin's School, Andrew also became Organist & Choirmaster at St. Peter's Church in Nottingham. In January 2003 he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Bradford Cathedral. Originally trained at Oxford and Cambridge universities, he has also held posts as Organist in Brighton and Oxford.