Peter Guy is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Prior to this, Peter was Director of Music at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney and the inaugural Director of Chapel Music at St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney.
As an honours graduate of the University of Newcastle, Peter has a strong association with the musical life of Newcastle. He studied for his Bachelor of Music (majoring in Pipe Organ and Choral Conducting) under Dr Philip Matthias, graduating with the University Medal. During this time, he received many awards including the Michael Dudman Scholarship, Newton John Prize, Vice Chancellor’s Honours Scholarship and an Australian Postgraduate Award. Peter has also received his AMusA (piano) and the Archbishop’s Certificate in Church Music (Guild of Church Musicians).
In 2003, Peter performed in the national keyboard final of the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Award, performing Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ and Strings with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Peter has also appeared with the Canberra Youth Orchestra for numerous concerto performances, and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
In 2009, Peter released his first solo recording of organ works, Organ Classics From Newcastle Cathedral. He also appears on a recent recording by the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, Vintage Sounds Alive: Historic Organs of NSW and as an accompanist on recordings by the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir and Christ Church Cathedral Choir. He has been broadcast on many radio stations, both locally and internationally, including BBC3 Radio’s Sunday Half Hour programme, and two Sunday Live performances for ABC Classic FM from the Harold Lobb Concert Hall at The Conservatorium, Newcastle. Peter has directed the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral for its recording O for the wings… and in 2013, Peter released his second disc of solo organ works, An Organ Celebration.
Peter is a patron of the Hunter District Organ Music Society (HDOMS), the Hunter Representative for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), NSW Branch, and a Councillor for the Organ Historical Trust of Australia.
Peter enjoys an active recital schedule, performing around Australia and internationally. He has toured to the UK, France, South Korea and the USA, performing at venues including St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. Peter has performed a number of recitals in the USA, including the opening recital of the 2010 Organ Historical Society National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr Keith Murree-Allen Assistant Organist OAM MBBS FRACP FCCP AMusA HonFGCM
Keith Murree-Allen first began playing the organ at St Andrew’s Mayfield at the instigation of the late Canon Harold Marshall and played there for three years travelling from Sydney at the weekends. He studied organ with the late Keith Noake at Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle. Whilst studying Medicine at Sydney University, he was University Organ Scholar, being required to give organ recitals each term in the Great Hall. These recitals were broadcast live on the ABC. He was also accompanist to the Sydney University Musical Society under George Faunce-Allman.
Keith has been associated with the music at the Cathedral since 1952, In 1966 he was locum organist for six months during Keith Noake’s absence at the RSCM in England. He has been Acting organist between successive organists, the longest being for 14 months following Philip Matthias’ resignation. In 1981, following Michael Dudman, he was appointed Cathedral Organist and Master of the Choristers, a position he held until late 1983 when he was granted the title Organist Emeritus at the Cathedral. Since then he has continued to play at the cathedral regularly.
Keith was accompanist to the Newcastle University Choir for 19 years from 1984. The same year he started a community choir, the Newcastle Tudor Singers which is still in operation. In 2002 he was awarded an OAM for services to the community and Newcastle Cathedral for music. In 2008 an Honorary Fellowship in the Guild of Church Musicians was conferred on him in Canterbury Cathedral. In 2011, he retired as a Respiratory and Sleep Physician after 50 years at Royal Newcastle and John Hunter Hospitals.
Callum Close, Organ scholar
Callum Close (b. 1991) began musical studies at a young age and completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Newcastle in 2014, where he studied Pipe Organ and Musicology under the supervision of Dr. Philip Matthias. His musical interests lay in Church Music and Choral Conducting. As an Organist, Callum has held the position of Organ Scholar at Adamstown Uniting Church and Assistant Organist at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, along with his current position at Christ Church Cathedral. He is also the Musical Director of the Newcastle City Choir and a Community Music Teacher at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.
As a Chorister, he has travelled internationally with the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir to China (2010), England (2013) and Italy (2013), as well as being a member of the Brisbane-based Australian Voices, of whom he was the ensembles Conductor-in-Training for 2012. He has studied conducting with Dr David Banney, and in 2013 attended the inaugural Gondwana National Conducting Academy, studying Choral conducting intensively with Graeme Morton.
Elly Langford, Organ scholar
Elly Langford (b. 1995) studied piano as a child, and commenced pipe organ during her high school years at Newcastle Grammar School, where she was a music scholar and Senior Musician. She commenced the Bachelor of Music, majoring in Pipe Organ Performance, at the University of Newcastle in 2014, studying under the Dr. Philip Matthias.
Prior to commencing her current position at Christ Church Cathedral, she was Organ Scholar at St. John’s Anglican Church for the duration of 2013.
Elly is also a member of Echology (the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir), and her musical interests lie in historically informed performance practices of Baroque Music, and European Sacred Music.