Music Department – Staff
Master of Choristers
David directs the work and development of the music department at St Anne’s. He is the cathedral’s principal conductor and also trains and conducts our choirs.
A prize-winning graduate of the choral conducting department at the Royal Academy of Music in London, David graduated with an MA with distinction in 2009before which he read music at Oxford University, and was the Organ Scholar of Oriel College.
The Organist, Ian Barber, is the principal accompanist for the cathedral’s choirs, and he plays at all of the services in the cathedral.
Ian took up the post of Assistant Organist at St. Anne’s in September 1983. Between January and April 1984 he was also the Acting Master of the Choristers, and again from January 1988 to September 1988. Mr Barber began his third period in charge of the music in July 2010, being officially recognised as Organist and Choirmaster. He resumed his role as Organist in April 2012.
Head of Vocal Tuition
Catherine oversees the vocal tuition of the cathedral’s choristers and the musical curriculum of the children in the cathedral’s choir schools.
Catherine was born in Belfast and studied at the Royal Academy of Music London. A committed singing teacher with extensive experience Catherine has taught in various roles including the junior and senior departments of the Welsh College of Music Cardiff, the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast. She is also a Diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Assistant Master of the Choristers
A specialist in career music,Thérèse trains the Junior Boys Choir and deputises as conductor for all the cathedral choirs. She has taught at St. Dominic’s Grammar School, Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Methodist College Belfast and now teaches in the cathedral choir schools.