When Jonathan left to become musical director at Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge, he was succeeded by Andrew Cantrill. Although his time with the choir was sadly short his quality was evident. His stay featured a performance of the Monteverde “Vespers of 1610”. David Byers brought to the role an encyclopaedic knowledge of classical music. As a result his time as musical director was characterised by a significant broadening of the repertoire, and the choir performed new and challenging work. David left in 2000 and later became the Chief Executive of the Ulster Orchestra.
The choir was directed for a short time by Charles Harrison, before he left to take up the post of musical director at Lincoln Cathedral.
Brian MacKay’s appointment as musical director in 2002 opened a new chapter in the choir’s history. His focus has been on development. The choir has grown to about 70 voices. Vocal coaching and workshops have significantly improved the quality of the choir. The formation of Saint George’s Sinfonia has ensured that the choir has high quality orchestral support, and a number of collaborative ventures with other groups are planned.
When Brian left in 2009, he was succeeded by Marion Doherty, who is both a musical academic of considerable distinction, and a choral trainer of very wide experience. We look forward to working with her to develop the choir’s range and quality.
The future of choral music is an exciting one, and the choir is looking forward to continuing development in quality and repertoire in the future.