Antony Matthews - Organist

Biography

Antony was born in Peckham, South East London, and his love of music was clear from a very early age, when he was spotted at the piano imitating his father simultaneously playing the organ and conducting a choir! He started having piano lessons with a friend of the family at the age of five, and during his primary school education also experimented with the horn and the trombone.

Shortly after joining The John Fisher School, Purley, he began having organ lessons with the school's organ teacher, Rosemary Nayyar, and soon became a regular on the organ seat at his family's parish church, St John the Evangelist, Tadworth. At the age of sixteen Antony moved on to study with Nigel McClintock, then Director of Music at Croydon Parish Church.

Antony started his music degree at the University of Exeter in 2003, where he studied with Paul Morgan, Organist at Exeter Cathedral. He was also the Junior Organ Scholar at the University Chapel, and toured with the University Chapel Choir to a number of cathedrals in South West England, including Exeter, Salisbury and Winchester. At the end of his second year, owing to the imminent closure of Exeter's music department, Antony left Exeter and transferred to complete his degree at the University of Bristol, where he studied with Dr David Ponsford.

After graduating in 2006, Antony worked for a year as Organ Scholar at St Mary's Parish Church, Battersea, before taking up the newly created position of Director of Music at St Joseph's Catholic Church, New Malden.

In January 2012 he took up the position of Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints' Parish Church, Carshalton, combining this with the position of Organist to the Polyphony Choir at St Bartholomew's Catholic Church, Norbury, and accompanist to the Sutton Chorale. He has toured extensively through England and Europe with the Sutton Chorale, including to Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Brugge and Oostende in Belgium, St Mary's Cathedral in Limerick, Berlin, and Tavarnelle and Rome (including singing Mass at St Peter's Basilica) in Italy.

He is currently studying for his FRSM with the renowned international concert organist Robert Munns.