Saffron Walden's Choral Society since 1883
Patron: John Rutter | Music Director: Quintin Beer

Musical Director


Quintin Beer is a choral director and prize-winning conductor, based in London.
In addition to his role with Saffron Walden Choral Society, he is Director of Music at St Peter's College Oxford and at St Cuthbert’s Church Earl’s Court. He was appointed Associate Conductor of Ex Cathedra in September 2021 and is the Choral Director at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music.

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.

Recent career highlights include winning the Best Interpretation of a French Baroque Piece at the International Competition for Young Conductors in Paris in October 2019, winning second prize at the Dima International Music Competition in Cluj, Romania and gaining a place on the Jury’s List of the 2019 World Choral Conducting Competition. He was awarded a fellowship to the eminent Yale School of Music 2019 Summer School programme in Norfolk, Connecticut under the direction of Simon Carrington. He was made Associate Conductor of the Brandenburg Choral Festival in November 2019 and has previously been contracted by the Rundfunkchor Berlin. Previous positions include Associate Music Director of Pegasus Chamber Choir, Artistic Director of the University of London Chamber Choir, and Musical Director of Yateley Choral Society. During the 2022-23 season, Quintin will direct a concert of French and English Baroque music with Les Pages et Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles.

A music graduate of St John’s College Cambridge, Quintin sang in the world-famous College Choir as a Choral Scholar during his undergraduate degree. He remains very active as a Baritone, frequently singing as a deputy in the choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, St George’s Chapel Windsor and other London churches and cathedrals.