Daniel Mathieson - Chester Cathedral

Daniel Mathieson

Head of Music Outreach and Assistant Organist

Daniel joined the team at Chester Cathedral in 2023 as Head of Music Outreach and Assistant Organist. In this role he assists in the training of the choristers and playing for daily services alongside the other Cathedral Musicians, and is responsible for bringing the Cathedral’s musical offering to a wider audience through wider projects and collaborations across the local community and diocese.

Prior to coming to Chester, he held positions as organist, director and tutor across the city and university of Oxford, including as Interim Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral and Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St. Mary Magdalen. He also worked as Organist and Choir Director at Keble and Worcester Colleges, and taught topics for the Music Faculty across the University, as well as the organ at Downe House School.

He began his organ studies at York Minster with David Pipe and in 2014 went up to Worcester College, Oxford with an organ scholarship, studying the organ with William Whitehead and Dame Gillian Weir and conducting with Jeremy Summerly. After graduating he took up the organ scholarship at Salisbury Cathedral, playing for the cathedral choir and working closely with the cathedral school and cathedral Junior Choir. Following this, he taught for a year at Radley College while working as Assistant Organist, before returning to Oxford for postgraduate study.

He is in demand as a recitalist across the UK: recent performances have included at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, and for the Three Choirs Festival. He also works with the world-renowned Trinity Boys Choir on tours across Germany and Denmark, giving concerts in venues including Würzburg, Münster and Aarhus Cathedrals in collaboration with their resident choirs.

He is a prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and has recently published an article on collaboration in contemporary organ music for the RCO Journal (2023). Recent recordings have included the Duruflé Requiem and Yves Castagnet’s Messe Salve Regina at Notre Dame de France, Leicester Place.

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