Douglas Mews, Wellington City Organist, graduated from Auckland University in 1979 with a Masters degree in organ and harpsichord, having studied with the late Anthony Jennings. He then continued his harpsichord studies with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and later expanded his interest in historical keyboards to include the fortepiano, taking lessons from Jacques Ogg and Bart van Oort.
As well as taking part in Wellington’s busy concert life, he broadcasts for Concert FM and tours for Chamber Music New Zealand. With Penelope Evison (classical flute) and Euan Murdoch (classical cello) he has recorded the Haydn Trios with Flute for the Concordance label. As a church musician, Douglas has been choir director at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland, the English-speaking International RC Church in The Hague, St Mary’s Church in Nelson, and at St Teresa’s in Karori.
Keyboard Specialist at the NZSM, Douglas Mews teaches organ, harpsichord and fortepiano, as well as keyboard harmony. He also accompanies many of the performance students in lessons, workshops and recitals.