Quintin Beer is a choral director and prize-winning conductor, based in London. He enjoys a synergistic approach to music making, appealing to a group's collective will to produce a sound that is greater than the sum of its parts. It is through this collaborative process that allows music to lift off the page and into something much more intangible and deeply felt.
He is Director of Music at St Cuthbert’s Church, Earl’s Court, and a founding member and Associate Musical Director of the professional choir Mousai. In April 2016, he took up the position of Musical Director of Yateley Choral Society.
Recent career highlights include being appointed the Associate Music Director with Pegasus Chamber Choir, winning second prize at the Dima International Music Competition in Cluj, Romania and gaining a place on the Jury's List of the 2019 World Choral Conducting Competition.
Quintin is frequently invited to conduct choirs, choral societies and orchestras in and around London. Recent conducting performances include Vivaldi Gloria and Bach motets at St Martin-in-the-Fields (Pegasus), Mozart’s Requiem, Puccini Messa di Gloria and Orff Carmina Burana (Yateley Choral Society), the Byrd 5-part mass, Philip Moore Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Copland In the Beginning at St James’s Piccadilly (Mousai) and Buxtehude Klag-Lied as part of the Royal Academy of Music's Festival of Space. Prior to this, Quintin has conducted the Rodolfus Choir live on BBC Radio 3, and has assisted on Shadwell Opera and work-shopped with the BBC Singers. Future engagements include Fauré’s Requiem with Yateley Choral Society and a lunchtime recital of Victoria, Mendelssohn and Britten with Mousai at St James's Church, Piccadilly in May.
In March 2019, in a creative collaboration with the Oxford-based charity, Cantata Dramatica, and the composer's grandson, Quintin re-surfaced and made the first recording of the oratorio Andromeda written by Cyril Bradley Rootham in 1903-5. In November 2020, he will conduct the Centenary Chorus in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Guildford Cathedral.
A music graduate of St John’s College Cambridge, Quintin became an Assistant Conductor for the University in 2013, conducting concerts and fully staged performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (including two in one day!) and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He has studied orchestral conducting with Peter Stark and Cathal Garvey and has previously assisted Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra.
Quintin sings regularly in London churches and cathedrals and sang in the choirs of St John’s College Cambridge and the Choir of St Thomas, Fifth Avenue and variously under the direction of Christopher Robinson, David Hill, Ralph Allwood, Andrew Nethsingha and the late John Scott.
Quintin is keen to share these experiences with others. He was Musician-in-Residence at North London Collegiate School until 2017 and continues to work on the annual Eton Choral Courses. He is currently studying Choral Conducting with Patrick Russill at the Royal Academy of Music.