Music Staff

ROBERT POYSER

has been the Director of Music at Beverley Minster since March 2009. He combines his busy role at the Minster with teaching piano and organ, performing and accompanying. Since arriving at the Minster, Robert has founded a Girls’ choir which is now a regular and integral part of the musical life of the Minster and more recently, a Junior choir.  Other highlights have included recording four CDs with the Minster Choir and, recently an Organ CD recorded at the Minster to mark the culmination of major work to the instrument. When away from the Minster, Robert enjoys railways, watching cricket, cooking and travelling.

Music Anita

ANITA DATTA

Anita was appointed Assistant Director of Music in 2019 to support the flourishing music department at the Minster. Originally from the East Riding, Anita was Organ Scholar at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and has worked as an organist, conductor and classical soprano at churches and schools in London and Durham before returning to Beverley. She balances her post at the minster with writing up her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Durham, which explores the strategies and experiences of queer and feminist activists in Kolkata, India.

Anita has occasionally been known to crochet small animals and compete in Ballroom and Latin dance competitions, though not usually at the same time. Being of both Yorkshire and Indian (Bengali) heritage, Anita is a committed tea-a-holic, and is very fond of feeding people large quantities of curry to express fellowship and affection.

RACHEL JEROME

established the Junior Choir in 2017 to encourage singing together for fun from an early age. She has a wealth of choral experience and currently sings as part of the Minster Choir. She previously directed Viva Children’s Choir and Manchester Cathedral Greenhouse Choir. Rachel has a busy schedule teaching harp and singing as well as examining for ABRSM. She enjoys spending time with her two children who are choristers in the boys’ choir, and organising harp-playing events for her students.

HARRY HAINSWORTH-STAPLES 

has been in the choir since he was 10 years old and involved with choral music making as a treble, and now a tenor, and has been learning the organ with Director of Music Robert Poyser since 2012. As one of the beneficiaries of the Dr Martin Clarke Young Organ Scholars Trust scholarships, Harry has just passed his Grade 7 Organ exam and is enjoying supporting services both accompanying, singing and occasionally conducting. He has pursued music outside the Minster through the East Riding Youth Orchestra as first trumpet. At South Hunsley Sixth Form College, Harry studies Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. He follows cricket, rugby and most sport.

DOMINIC JOYCE 

has been organ scholar at Beverley Minster since September 2016, when he also started studying for a degree in Music at Hull University. Dominic started his choral singing career at 10 years old in St Mary-le-Tower, where an interest in organ playing began and developed under his teacher, Giles Brightwell. He later became Organ Scholar there in 2013. Since then, Dominic has been a part of televised and radio broadcast performances and concerts across Europe as a conductor, singer and organist. Outside of his musical career, Dominic enjoys voice acting and performing radio plays with the University’s Drama Society.