From Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
Organist and Director of Music
Michael Stewart is at the forefront of the younger generation of choral conductors in New Zealand, as well as being one of the country’s leading concert organists. In June 2011 he was appointed Organist and Director of Music at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, after previously serving for five years as Director of Music of The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
Assistant Director of Music
Richard Apperley is at the forefront of New Zealand's younger generation of liturgical organists, recitalists and choral conductors. He is currently the Assistant Director of Music at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, where he is responsible for accompanying services and assisting with the direction of the cathedral’s choirs.
Richard Prothero Organ Scholar
Chelsea learnt the piano from the age of 4, learning from Gillian Bibby for 10 years. She became interested in playing the organ and began lessons with Richard Apperley at the age of 15. She was awarded a Junior Organ Scholarship at The Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in September, 2010 and held the position for just over two years. Chelsea was co-Music Prefect at her school, Wellington East Girls' College in 2012 and also co-conducted the Senior Choir which was awarded 'Best Student Directed Choir' at the Wellington Regional Big Sing, 2012.
Junior Organ Scholars
Albert Nisbet is a student at Scots College. He started learning the piano at the age of seven, and quickly developed a love for the instrument. Albert sang in the Cathedral Choristers for four years, and was always intrigued by the organ. Because of this he started organ lessons with Richard Apperley (Assistant Director of Music).
Gillian McNaughton is one of the Junior Organ Scholars at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. She is currently studying the organ with Michael Stewart. Gillian has been a member of the Cathedral Choir since 2011, and was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir 2011-12.
She also plays the piano, winning 1st prize Janetta McStay class, Piano Plus 2012, and will sit DipABRSM piano in May 2013. She played the viola in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra 2012-13 Season.
Director of Music Emeritus
Professor Peter Godfrey