Well-known both as an organist and choral conductor, Matthew Larkin (b. 1964) received his early musical training as a chorister at St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston, and was assistant organist there while in high school. He was Organ Scholar of Trinity College at the University of Toronto where he studied with John Tuttle, and later attended the Royal College of Music (UK), where he studied with Nicholas Danby. A tireless advocate of boys’ choirs, Mr. Larkin has served as Organist and Director of Music at the Church of St. John the Divine, Victoria, St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Ottawa and as Director of the Choir of Men and Boys at St James’ Cathedral Toronto. Since 2003, he has been Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa, whose Choir of Men and Boys was choir-in-residence at Ely Cathedral for a week, July 2009.
In 2008 the Larkin Singers were formed from a distinguished group of professional singers, mostly based in the Toronto area, with Matthew Larkin directing. Matthew Larkin has appeared as organ recitalist throughout North America, the UK, and in Europe, and has been featured on Canadian, American, and British public radio. He has recorded extensively both as accompanist and director to some of Canada’s finest church and concert choirs.
Adam Lay Ybounden
by Matthew Larkin
SSA – CP 1025 – 3:15
Written originally for a small church choir, this piece takes the ancient text and sets it with a mystical angularity, but maintaining a beautiful sense of line. Includes a small soprano solo.