Assistant Director of Music and Events Manager
Organist, sound engineer, producer, recitalist and teacher Richard Apperley is as passionate about performing and capturing performances in recordings as he is about fostering a love of the organ in younger generations of performers.
As an organist he has played with New Zealand’s leading choirs, orchestras and festivals — including the Adam Chamber Music Festival, The Tudor Concert and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Richard’s particular musical interests lie in the organ music of Buxtehude, Howells, New Zealand composers, and in contemporary works. His primary focus is as a liturgical organist, and has a passion for creative psalm accompaniment, improvisation and choral accompaniment where he has the freedom to both express his personal faith and to lead others in worship.
As Assistant Director of Music at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Richard accompanies services and assists with the direction of the Cathedral’s choirs. Richard formerly held the post of Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral. Building on his keen interest in Anglican psalmody, Richard has led the publication of new psalters for both cathedrals. Richard is also the Events Manager at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, where he is responsible for managing large events and concerts.
In 2015 Richard, along with Michael Stewart, presented the complete organ works of J S Bach through 28 recitals - a total of 327 works, totalling approximately 21 and a half hours of music. In 2016 Richard performed the complete organ works of Dietrich Buxtehude over 10 recitals. Richard is also keenly interested in New Zealand organ music, having compiled and edited two volumes of New Zealand choral works, published by Fagus Music (UK). He has given many recitals of the repertoire, recorded a concert for broadcast by Radio New Zealand Concert and recently released a CD of New Zealand music.
Richard is in high demand as a teacher, and is one of the most active organ teachers in the country. He has a particular interest in introducing children to the organ, and is currently exploring ways to introduce young children to the instrument in fun and creative ways.
Alongside his Cathedral work, Richard is also co-director and engineer for his audio production company, Hadfield Audio — a specialist location recording company with a focus on choral and organ music. Richard’s recordings are usually released on his organism label, which he founded in 2010 to allow independent artists to record and release recordings with minimal costs and absolute control over the finished product.
“Richard Apperley clearly has vision and focus”
Hannah Parry-Ridout, Music Web International, 2013