Music

David Stevens

David Stevens

Organist and Master of the Choristers

David directs the work and development of the music department at Belfast Cathedral. He is the cathedral’s principal conductor and also trains and conducts the cathedral 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 2009, before which he read music at Oxford University, and was the Organ Scholar of Oriel College.

In addition to his work at the cathedral, he continues to perform throughout the UK, and also plays organ and harpsichord for the Ulster Orchestra.  When not engaged in musical activities, he enjoys spending time with his two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Ed Jones

Ed Jones

Assistant Organist

Ed is the principal organist for the daily services at Belfast Cathedral and is responsible for directing the Junior Girls’ Choir.  He joined the world of cathedral music at university after hearing a countertenor sing.

He graduated with a BMus degree with First Class Honours from the University of Aberdeen in 2011 and then PhD in Composition under the supervision of Prof. Paul Mealor and Dr. Philip Cooke.

Ed has conducted consort groups to operas, and is sometimes found in the alto section of a choir.  Besides his musical life, Ed is a keen distance runner, does Guyanese wood-carving, and likes beer.

Catherine Harper

Catherine Harper

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.

Jack Wilson

Jack Wilson

Organ Scholar

As Organ Scholar Jack plays for some of the daily cathedral services, also being responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the cathedral’s vast music library.  

Having been educated at Limavady Grammar School, Jack is currently in his second year of reading music at the Queen’s University of Belfast.

Ian Barber

Ian Barber

Organist Emeritus

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, and became Organist Emeritus in 2018.

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