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

Saffron Walden Choral Society announces new Musical Director

Category: SWCS

Saffron Walden Choral Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Quintin Beer as its new Musical Director from April 2022. Quintin Beer studied music at St John’s College,Cambridge and Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music under Patrick Russill. He is Director of Music at St Peter’s College Oxford and St Cuthbert’s Church Earl’s Court. Recently he was appointed Associate Conductor with Ex Cathedra.

Sara Varey, chair of Saffron Walden Choral Society said :

The Society is delighted to welcome Quintin as our new MD, who was the standout candidate in a very strong field of applicants. Quintin will take up the position at a time when interest in choral music is at its strongest for many years and we look forward to working with him towards our 140thanniversary in 2023. 

Quintin Beer reflecting on his new appointment said:

I’m very excited indeed to be taking up the post of Musical Director with Saffron Walden Choral Society. The choir’s reputation for high standards as well as its focus on community and local music is a terrific context in which to make fantastic music. Growing up nearby in South Cambridgeshire, I am delighted to be working in an area of the country that I know and love. I am also proud to be inheriting the legacy left by Janet Wheeler, a first-rate musician who has achieved so much with the choir. 

Earlier in 2021 Janet Wheeler announced she was standing down after 30 years as Musical Director. Over this time she has led the choir to widely-acknowledged choral excellence,directing them in a huge variety of repertoire, from the Monteverdi Vespers to Britten’s War Requiem, includingsome of her own large-scale compositions. She has created community projects, introduced the annual schools carol competition for young composers, and worked with huge numbers of singers.

Having navigated the pandemic with weekly Zoom rehearsals the choir is preparing to perform Brahms Requiem at Saffron Hall on November 13th.

Janet Wheeler commented: 

Many congratulations to QuintinI wish him and the choir well for the next stage in the society’s journey, which I have no doubt will be a wonderfully fruitful and exciting collaboration.

I have absolutely loved working with SWCS over the last 30 years. More composing now beckons - indeed I’m currently writing a new piece as a farewell for my final concert with the choir next March.

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