Anthony Merryweather began his musical career at the age of 6, when he won a Choral Scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford. Seven years later, he gained a music scholarship to Shrewsbury School where, aside from every day lessons, music took up much of his time. By the age of 15, he was accompanying the Shrewsbury School Choral Society and the school Big Band. Two years later, he completed the composition of his first musical ‘Troy’, which was featured on ITV News. In 1994, Anthony graduated from University of East Anglia with a degree in Music.
During his education, Anthony took part in a number of recordings including Britten’s War Requiem under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.
After gaining his postgraduate PGCE, Anthony went on to qualify as a teacher and has been teaching in schools across the world since 1995, with posts hold in Norway, Zambia and the UK. He has been Head of Music in four schools and is currently Director of Music at Tormead, a leading independent girls school in Guildford.
During his career, Anthony has composed widely, including Choral Anthems, Requiems, Musicals, Pop Songs, Christmas Carols, Secular and Sacred music. In 2001, he composed ‘In Flanders Fields’ which was performed at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast live on BBC television and radio. In 2008, Anthony arranged a piece for Rufus Wainwright, which the star performed at the Verbier Music Festival.
Anthony works widely with choirs, both large and small. He trained the Children’s Choruses for the 2010 and 2011 performances of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ and ‘La Boheme’ at Glyndebourne. He is currently the regular accompanist / organist for two local choirs – Mosaic Chamber Choir and the Parish Choir of Shere & Peaslake. He has also taken a number of his choirs to perform at Cathedrals and churches across the UK. He has previously held the post of accompanist at Guildford Opera Company.
Anthony regularly accompanies weddings and other church services, as well as performers at the Godalming, Woking and Reigate Music Festivals.
Anthony was the accompanist for Mosaic Chamber Choir where I am currently the Music Director. Anthony's accompaniment skills are exceptional. He has an acute sense of judgement which allows him to provide support or take a step back at the right moment. He is able to sight read to an outstanding level which makes him both flexible and versatile. He is personable and very easy to work with. Having been a conductor for 12 years and worked with a variety of accompanists both here and abroad, I can honestly say that Anthony is the best yet.
Ben Gaughran, Music Director
Mosaic Chamber Choir, Woking
Anthony has been one of our two resident organists/pianists since August 2015. He brings to our worship a high degree of professionalism and great musical facility. He provides sensitive accompaniment for the Choir, astute hymn playing and fine voluntaries.
Rev. Nick Whitehead
Parish of Shere