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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, appealing to a group’s collective will to produce a sound that is greater than the sum of its parts. It is through this collaborative process that allows music to lift off the page and into something much more intangible and deeply felt.

He 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.

Recent career highlights include being appointed the Associate Music Director with Pegasus Chamber Choir and winning second prize at the Dima International Music Competition in Cluj, Romania.

Quintin is frequently invited to conduct choirs, choral societies and orchestras in and around London. Recent conducting performances include Vivaldi Gloria and Bach motets at St Martin-in-the-Fields (Pegasus), Mozart’s Requiem, Puccini Messa di Gloria and Orff Carmina Burana (Yateley Choral Society), the Byrd 5-part mass and Philip Moore Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at St James’s Piccadilly (Mousai) and Buxtehude Klag-Lied as part of the Royal Academy of Music’s Festival of Space. Prior to this, Quintin has conducted the Rodolfus Choir live on BBC Radio 3, and has assisted on Shadwell Opera and work-shopped with the BBC Singers.

In June 2019, Quintin will be re-surfacing the oratorio Andromeda by Cyril Bradley Rootham as part of the Charles Kingsley Festival in Eversley, Hampshire and in November 2020, he will conduct the Centenary Chorus in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Guildford Cathedral.

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. He has studied orchestral conducting with Peter Stark and Cathal Garvey and has previously assisted Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra.

Quintin sings regularly in London churches and cathedrals and sang in the choirs of St John’s College Cambridge and the Choir of St Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York, and variously under the direction of Christopher Robinson, David Hill, Ralph Allwood, Andrew Nethsingha and the late John Scott. He is keen to share these experiences with others. He was Musician-in-Residence at North London Collegiate School until 2017 and continues to work on the annual Eton Choral Courses. He is currently studying Choral Conducting with Patrick Russill at the Royal Academy of Music.

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