Oliver Waterer was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Davids Cathedral and Artistic Director of the St Davids Cathedral Festival in September 2013. He is responsible for the
maintenance and development of the cathedral’s musical ministry, at the heart of which are the daily services sung by the Cathedral Choirs. He was invited to become Conductor and Music Director of
Côr Dyfed Choir in January 2014.
Before moving to Pembrokeshire Oliver was Assistant Director of Music at Chelmsford Cathedral in Essex, 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. From 2009 to 2012 he was Accompanist and Deputy Director of the Chelmsford Singers, a prominent choral society in the city. 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 studied the organ with Andrew Malcolm at Saffron Walden Parish Church before becoming a student at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying principally with David Saint. Whilst 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.
Following a year as Organ Scholar at Guildford Cathedral working with Stephen Farr and Geoffrey Morgan, he was appointed Assistant Organist at Peterborough Cathedral in 2002. Here, he accompanied the daily services on the renowned Hill organ and played for several foreign tours and BBC broadcasts. In 2008 Oliver 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 also held posts at Hampstead Parish Church and Willington School in Wimbledon.