is a sought-after British conductor and keyboardist. Currently based in London, he was previously Assistant Director of Music of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney and Chapel Organist of the UNESCO World Heritage site - the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. He has also worked at Hereford Cathedral and Croydon Minster aside from having held the prestigious position of Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge.
Born in Hong Kong, Douglas emigrated to England after having won the highest music scholarship to board at Harrow School. Transferring as a day pupil to Dulwich College on a music and organ scholarship, he originally was to attend conservatoire for the piano and flute – having achieved diplomas in both instruments. Discovering his love for the organ at a late stage, he subsequently read music at King's College, Cambridge whilst being Organ Scholar. Having gained his place a year early, he spent his gap year at Hereford Cathedral – a place he considers his second home. At King's, aside from his daily duties of accompanying and helping train the world-famous choir alongside broadcasts, concerts and tours, he pursued a freelance career in performing, accompanying and conducting. To date, he has performed all over the world in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Washington National Cathedral, Cadogan Hall and multiple cathedrals to name but a few. He has also had the privilege of working and performing (as a keyboardist and flautist) with many of the world's finest ensembles including the Philharmonia, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and the London Sinfonietta amongst others. Douglas has an extensive discography and has broadcasted to millions worldwide on TV and radio. He is also a multiple prizewinner - most notably of the Brian Runnett Prize and Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize. As a performer, reviews have praised him on his affinity with Bach and romantic repertoire and he has been described as 'one of the foremost musicians of his generation'.
An experienced conductor, Douglas has worked with orchestras, ensembles, singers and instrumentalists of all ages and standards. Chorally, he has worked with many different compositions of choir around the UK – these including the Philharmonia Chorus, the Cantus Ensemble, Cantabile, the choirs of the Three Choirs Festival, Cambridge Choral Society and many more. Recent engagements have included a wide range of activities from conducting the choir of Exeter College, Oxford at the Tower of London to performing in 'Christmas with the Stars' at the Royal Albert Hall! Douglas is also busy as a pianist working in opera, song work and in the coaching of students from the London conservatoires. He teaches the organ and piano and has taught on Eton Choral Courses, Oundle for Organists and courses for the Royal College of Organists.