John Dexter is Director of the Goethe-Institut Choir, Co-Director of Dublin County Choir and Organist in Whitechurch. He conducted John Dexter Harmony (JDH) from 2001 to 2008 and the Guinness Choir from 1984 to 1991. From 1977 to 2001 he was Organist and Master of the Choristers in St Patrick’s Cathedral and from 1989 to 2014 Director of Music in the Cathedral Grammar School.

In his teens he studied conducting and composition with Edwin Roxburgh, he conducted the Guildford Singers, he sang a specially commissioned solo work for Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother and, at the age of 16, John was awarded his first diploma, ARCO.

John learnt his trade through accompanying and singing in choirs. He has worked as rehearsal accompanist for Martindale Sidwell, John Eliot Gardiner, John Alldis, Ian Humphris, John Poole and Barry Rose, for the BBC Singers, the Monteverdi Choir and London Philharmonic Choir. He sang in Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chorus under Neville Marriner, Collegium Musicum under László Heltay, Schola Cantorum of Oxford under Nicholas Cleobury, Proteus Choir under Vernon Handley, Brighton Festival Chorus under Kempe and Dorati and London Symphony Chorus under Gergiev.

As a student in Oxford he was Conductor of the Kodály Choir and Assistant Director of Schola Cantorum. As a composer, most of his work has been in the area of arranging and adapting music for St Patrick’s Cathedral, for JDH and for his family ensemble. The Goethe-Institut Choir commissioned a new work Hilariter from him for its 40th Anniversary Concert in the National Concert Hall in December 2005.

Previously John had been an Organ Scholar in Jesus College Oxford, and at St Paul’s Cathedral London, studying orchestral conducting with the late Norman Del Mar in the Royal College of Music. His first musical education was as a boy chorister in Guildford Cathedral.

Concert photos: Paul Barford

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