Stephen Doughty, Musical Director of the Garleton Singers has been appointed the Chorus Master of the Belfast Philharmonic Choir. This chorus of some 130 voices are, in the main, the symphony chorus for the Ulster Orchestra, the professional Orchestra in Belfast.
This post became available on the resignation of the nationally renowned Christopher Bell who will shortly complete seven successful seasons with the choir. Stephen had to go through a rigorous recruitment process with applicants from as far as Japan and Chile as well as Ireland and the UK.
Stephen, who also directs the Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, has been the Musical Director of the Garleton Singers for 14 years. He regularly works as a conductor and accompanist with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and has recently taken rehearsals with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. He has been the accompanist and deputy conductor with the Philharmonic since 2007.
Stephen will continue to direct the Garleton Singers through this, our 40th Anniversary Year, and beyond.