Stephen Doughty enjoys a varied career as a freelance musician. He is Chorus Master of Belfast Philharmonic Choir, recently conducting their 140th birthday celebrations with the Ulster Orchestra including the world premiere of James Whitbourn’s The Seven Heavens. He has been Musical Director of the Garleton Singers since 1994 during which time they have embarked on four foreign tours, most recently to Munich.
Stephen is Organist and Director of Music of St John’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, also directing the Choir who sing the full range of choral services and who have recorded their CD, Sing the Seasons. The choir has given a number of premieres and on Easter Sunday this year the choir and congregation gave the first performance of Stephen Doughty’s new setting of the mass for Eastertide, the Missa Paschalis. As a freelance conductor he works regularly with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
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, in addition to freelance work.
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 several four-star recitals on the grand Mulholland Organ in the Ulster Hall, Belfast.
He is in demand as an arranger and orchestrator and has received commissions from Children’s Classic Concerts, Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Recent orchestrations include the premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Seek him that maketh the seven stars and a classical/folk crossover with award-winning band Dallahan marking the anniversary of the Battle of Loos. A new overture A Phil Kids Phantasy will launch Belfast Philharmonic Youth Choirs 10th anniversary concert next month along with his new orchestration of Fauré’s Messe Basse. In addition, the BBC have commissioned a number of arrangements which have been performed at Proms in the Park and BBC Alba and his pieces feature on several recordings.