It is a great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr Kieran Crichton as the new Director of Music at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta.
Kieran Crichton was born in Shepparton and grew up in Violet Town and Benalla before relocating with his family to Melbourne in the early-1990s. Holy Trinity is the first cathedral he visited as a young person. His appointment to Wangaratta marks a return to home ground.
Kieran studied music at the University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University. His degree studies included organ performance and research into the history of music education. These were followed by further studies in theology at the University of Divinity. He has played organ concerts in a range of venues in Australia, ranging from the Melbourne Town Hall to St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. During his studies he won the Herbert Davis Prize at the Booroondara Eisteddfod, and was runner-up in the Sydney Organ Competition. He has been broadcast on radio, being featured on 3MBS FM.
Kieran has held organist roles in a number of Melbourne churches including St Peter’s, Eastern Hill, Christ Church, Brunswick, and All Saints, Preston. He worked for several years as a conductor-tutor with the Australian Youth Choir, along with working as an accompanist and occasional conductor with a range community music groups. He enjoys the energy that comes from building up a sense of community in choirs. He is always looking for ways to help singers feel they are being nurtured and given space to grow.
Kieran is looking forward to building on the music tradition at Holy Trinity Cathedral, working with Cathedral College, and to being part of the Wangaratta community. He is also looking forward to getting to know the cathedral’s Willis organ. He remembers his parish priest asking what he thought about the possibility of playing the cathedral organ back on his first visit here. He thought about it for a moment and said it would be a huge inspiration.