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Our Musical Director

Quintin Beer

Quintin Beer is a choral director and prize-winning conductor, based in London. He enjoys a synergistic approach to music making, working with a group’s collective will to produce something greater than the sum of its parts. His aim is to lift music off the page and into something much more intangible and deeply felt. Known for his playful and imaginative rehearsal manner, Quintin’s distinctive personality engenders inspirational musical moments amongst amateurs and professionals alike.

Quintin gained his MA in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Patrick Russill and graduating with distinction in July 2019. He was awarded the DipRAM, the Academy’s own premier-prix for an outstanding performance in a final recital. At his graduation ceremony, Quintin was the recipient of the Academy’s Foundation Award, a prize for excellent studentship and all-round contribution to the institution.

In October 2019, Quintin was awarded the ‘Best Interpretation of a French Baroque Piece’ by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles as part of the International Competition for Young Conductors, organised by the French Institute of Choral Art and the European Choral Association. The prize permits Quintin to direct a professional concert of French and English Baroque music with Les Pages et Les Chantre du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles as part of their 2020-21 season at the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles.

Quintin is Director of Music at St Cuthbert’s Church, Earl’s Court and a founding member and Associate Musical Director of the professional choir Mousai. In April 2016, he took up the position of Musical Director of Yateley Choral Society and in June 2018 was appointed Associate Music Director of Pegasus Chamber Choir. In addition, he conducts the SATB choir at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music and directs the monthly ‘Evensong in the City’ series at St Bartholomew the Great.

A music graduate of St John’s College Cambridge, Quintin became an Assistant Conductor for the University in 2013, conducting concerts and fully-staged performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (including two in one day!) and Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Quintin remains very active as a Baritone, frequently singing as a deputy in the choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St George’s Chapel Windsor and other London churches and cathedrals. During his Masters degree, he sang with The Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir and previously in the choirs of St John’s College Cambridge, St Thomas Fifth Avenue and variously under the direction of Christopher Robinson, David Hill, Ralph Allwood, Andrew Nethsingha and the late John Scott.

For the most up to date version of Quintin’s biography, please go to www.quintinbeer.com

Previous YCS Musical Directors

Quintin takes his place in long list of highly talented and successful musicians who we have been fortunate to have as our Musical Director