Oliver Waterer took up the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers and Artistic Director of the St Davids Cathedral Festival in September 2013. At St Davids he is responsible for the maintenance and development of the cathedral's musical ministry, at the heart of which are the services sung daily by the Cathedral Choirs.
Prior to this Oliver was Assistant Director of Music at Chelmsford Cathedral where he was the principal organist at the daily choral services and directed the Cathedral Girls' Choir. He spent four months as acting Director of Music at the cathedral in 2012. He was accompanist and deputy director to the Chelmsford Singers, a prominent choral society in the city from 2009 to 2012. As a recitalist Oliver has performed at many British churches and cathedrals including Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. Recent years have also included performances in France, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Oliver Waterer studied the organ with Andrew Malcolm at Saffron Walden Parish Church, in Essex before becoming a student at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying principally with David Saint. While in Birmingham he was Organ Scholar at both the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals in the city and was accompanist to the Conservatoire Chamber Choir. He graduated in 2001 winning the John Campbell Keyboard Prize.
Oliver spent the following year as Organ Scholar in Guildford Cathedral, working with Stephen Farr and Geoffrey Morgan. In 2002 he became Assistant Organist at Peterborough Cathedral where he accompanied the daily services on the renowned Hill organ and played for several foreign tours and BBC broadcasts.
In 2008 he was appointed Sub Organist to Her Majesty's Chapels Royal at St James' Palace, Westminster. In this role he played at numerous royal events and ceremonies including the annual Royal Maundy Service and the Royal Household Carol Concert at Buckingham Palace which was recorded and broadcast by Classic FM. While living in London he taught at the London Oratory School and held posts at Hampstead Parish Church and Willington School in Wimbledon.
Simon Pearce is the Assistant Director of Music at St Davids Cathedral, a post he has held since 1998. Simon plays the organ for the majority of the choral services at the Cathedral. He has accompanied the Cathedral Choir for several national radio broadcasts, including live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and has acted as accompanist for five of the Cathedral Choirís recent CD recordings. In addition, he has toured with them to the USA, Australia, Holland, Spain, France, Bulgaria, Germany and Italy. In 2011 he held an interregnum post of Acting Organist and Master of the Choristers at the Cathedral. Simon is the Director the Cathedralís voluntary adult Choir, the Cathedral Singers. In 2004 the choir completed their first CD recording and since then, they have toured extensively through the UK singing services and concerts. He is also the Assistant Conductor of the St Davids Cathedral Festival Chorus.
Simon assists in the vocal training and development of all the choristers in the Cathedral and he directs the Cathedralís Junior Choir and the school choir of Ysgol Bro Dewi, the local primary school in St Davids. He also co-directs the Cathedral Festivalís annual Educational Outreach Programme to local primary schools in Pembrokeshire.
Prior to his arrival in St Davids, Simon completed his PGCE in Music at the University of Ripon and York St John. He was a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral and studied music at Hull University where he was awarded the Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship and subsequently became organ scholar of Ripon Cathedral where he studied with Kerry Beaumont. His organ tutors have included John Scott Whiteley, Simon Lindley, David Sanger and Margaret Phillips. In 2005 Simon was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists.
Simon is actively involved with other musical events across Pembrokeshire. Since 2011 he has been the Chairman of the West Wales Royal School of Church Music committee having served previously as the Education and Training Officer for 8 years. Simon has directed several RSCM courses and area Festivals and he is responsible for co-ordinating the Voice for life Examinations and preparing the Cathedral choristers for their RCSM award examinations.
In 2013, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cathedral music Simon was awarded the The Archbishop of Walesí Award in Church Music (A.W.A.C.M.).
Every summer, Simon acts as guest conductor to the Bluebird Singers, a choir based in Yorkshire who sing services and concerts in Cathedrals and churches and have performed extensively throughout the UK.
An organ scholarship of £4,000 + fees, free accommodation and organ lessons, opportunities for Festival concerts, recordings and tours.
More information is available (click here for details) or contact:
Oliver Waterer, The Deanery Office, The Close, St Davids, Pembs SA62 6RD
Telephone: 01437 720202