STEPHEN DOUGHTY read Music at the University of Edinburgh before graduating with a Master's Degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow in 1997. He is currently enjoying his fourth season as Chorus Master of Belfast Philharmonic Choir.
In Scotland he has been Musical Director of the East Lothian-based Garleton Singers for some 16 years. Their repertoire ranges from folk song to large-scale works including Elijah, Carmina Burana and Verdi's Requiem. He has also directed them in three foreign tours, most recently to Krakow as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.
Stephen was the former Organist and Director of Music of St John's Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh where he directed the Choir of St John's, who sing the full range of choral services and have recently released their first CD, Sing the Seasons. As a freelance conductor he works regularly for the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and others. He has studied both choral and orchestral conducting at Dartington and Canford International Summer Schools and was the joint holder of the first Alexander Gibson Memorial Scholarship in Choral Conducting with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus.
As an accompanist he plays for the National Youth Choir of Scotland's National Girls Choir and is a freelance accompanist of students and professional musicians. He plays harpsichord/organ continuo and orchestral piano with all the Scottish orchestras as well as the Ulster Orchestra and has given frequent organ recitals including a four-star, 'truly refreshing recital' here in the Ulster Hall.
He is in demand as an arranger and orchestrator, particularly of children's songs and has received commissions from Children's Classic Concerts, Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The BBC have commissioned a number of arrangements which have been performed at Proms in the Park and his pieces feature on several recordings. More information about his arrangements, including commissions, can be found on his website. In addition he is an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, for whom he was examining in Malaysia in the summer of 2012.