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.
Playing regularly 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 interests lie in the organ music of Buxtehude, Howells and New Zealand composers, and in contemporary works.
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, is presenting 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 will perform the complete organ works of Dietrich Buxtehude, one of his favourite composers, 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.
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