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Meet the Team






Desmond Quinn was born in Belfast and although he moved to England in 1971 remains an Ulsterman at heart. He studied Modern Languages at Trinity College Dublin, and then in a change of course qualified as a management accountant with the Ministry of Defence. After various career moves he transferred in 2000 to the Environment Agency in Peterborough from which he took early retirement in 2003. Desmond has sung in choirs since his schooldays, most notably for 20 years with the BBC Symphony Chorus, of which he is an Honorary Life Member. 

Director of Music

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Steven Grahl is a sought-after conductor and keyboard player. He took up the post of Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral in September 2014, where he is responsible for directing the Cathedral Choir, and is custodian of the recently re-pitched Hill Organ. Prior to this, he spent seven years as Assistant Organist at New College, Oxford, accompanying the chapel choir in services, concerts, broadcasts, webcasts and recordings. In conjunction with this post, he held the position of Organist & Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church, London from 2001-2014. Steven was appointed Principal Conductor of the Guildford Chamber Choir in 2006, and has worked with numerous ensembles, including New London Chamber Choir, The English Cornett& Sackbut Ensemble, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Instruments of Time and Truth, and Prime Brass.A prize-winning graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music, Steven gained the top prizes in the FRCO examination, and is also a holder of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medallion.  In 2010, Steven was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an award offered to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to it in their particular field.  As a former member of the Oxford University Faculty of Music, Steven has twice held stipendiary lectureships in music at New College and is in demand as an organ and conducting tutor. He served for two years as Chairman of the Association of Assistant Cathedral Organists, and is currently a Junior Fellow in Choral Direction at Birmingham Conservatoire. Steven was an interpretation finalist in the International Organ Competitions at St Albans (UK) in 2011, and in Dudelange (Luxembourg) in 2013, and will be President of the Incorporated Association of Organists from July 2017.

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Barbara Tomlinson - Peterborough Choral Society


Barbara Tomlinson has been a music teacher and accompanist in Cambridgeshire  for over thirty years. She accompanies a range of local music groups, including the Peterborough Choral Society, and has been an examiner for ABRSM since 1995. Originally from Solihull, in the West Midlands, she is a graduate of Oxford University. She lives in Market Deeping with her family and two Cardigan Corgis.