Chorus Master

Stephen Doughty

Stephen Doughty enjoys a varied career as a freelance musician. He is Chorus Master of Belfast Philharmonic Choir who, in addition to their performances with the Ulster Orchestra, have given a number of world premieres including James Whitbourn's The Seven Heavens and the European premiere of both Stuart Scott’s Requiem Brevis and Christopher Marshall’s Earthsong.  He has been Musical Director of the Garleton Singers since 1994, and was most recently appointed to the position of Musical Director of Edinburgh Bach Choir.

After almost 18 years, Stephen relinquished the post of Organist and Director of Music of St John’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh - the first time since 1991 he doesn’t occupy a church position! He plays harpsichord/organ continuo and orchestral piano with all the Scottish orchestras as well as the Ulster Orchestra and has given frequent organ recitals including several four-star recitals on the grand Mulholland Organ in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, and recitals of French and German music in St. John’s as part of the Blow! concert series in aid of the St. John’s Organ Fund.
He is in demand as an arranger and orchestrator and has received commissions from Children’s Classic Concerts, Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Recent orchestrations include the premiere of Jonathan Dove's Seek him that maketh the seven stars and a classical/folk crossover with award-winning band Dallahan marking the anniversary of the Battle of Loos. In addition, the BBC have commissioned a number of arrangements which have been performed at Proms in the Park and BBC Alba and his pieces feature on several recordings. More information about his arrangements, including commissions can be found at

 Finally he is an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
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