Our Conductor

Gerard Doherty has a career which has encompassed teaching, conducting and playing violin for all of the major orchestras in the country. 

Gerard’s natural gift as a conductor first came to prominence when he conducted the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Debussy’s La Mer in the presence of Walter Weller. With Weller’s highest recommendation, Gerard made his debut as a conductor and established a career, which lead him to conduct the RSNO on numerous occasions, making his first Proms appearance in 2004 and returning in 2005. He also stepped in during a recording session when the conductor fell ill to complete a recording of opera arias, which were very highly acclaimed. 

Gerard is Principal Conductor of the Glasgow Sinfonia, the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Ayr Choral Union. His conducting has taken him to the United States, Europe and the Middle East. 

Gerard has studied and worked with some of the leading conductors of today. He has conducted an enormous range of choral and symphonic works and is much admired for his natural musicianship, clear understanding, integrity and breadth of repertoire, which spans baroque to contemporary. His reviews have described his music making as “thrilling”, “exhilarating”, “triumphant” and “vibrant”.

His in-depth understanding of orchestral technique and repertoire are also in constant demand with the next generation of musicians. He is Principal Conductor of the Strathclyde University Symphony Orchestra. . He has been course director and conductor of the NYOS repertoire course on three occasions and has also conducted the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, the Orchestra of the University of Castel Branco, Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra, Renfrewshire Schools Symphony Orchestra, West of Scotland Independent Schools Orchestra and Glasgow Schools Symphony Orchestra. He has been, for the last two years, conductor of the National Youth String Orchestra of Scotland and East Renfrewshire Schools Symphony Orchestra with whom he conducted three concerts in Prague this summer.

A number of years ago he left the position of first violin with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to take up a teaching position with East Renfrewshire Council. He is also on the teaching staff of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.                                                                                

“Gerry brought to his conducting vast experience, a marvellous natural musicianship, a clear understanding of the psychological complexities of the art of conducting and a very wide knowledge of orchestral repertoire and orchestral technique…A musician of true calibre and integrity.”
Martyn Brabbins, Associate Conductor of the B.B.C. Scottish Symphony Orchestra

“His musicianship shone through and the Orchestra had no trouble following his clear and decisive beat.”
Walter Weller, Conductor Emeritus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

“With Gerry Doherty at the helm as conductor , and a programme that built with magnetic logic to Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, the concert developed an unstoppable momentum.”
Michael Tumelty, The Herald, UK, February 12, 2001.

“This was a shapely, vibrant performance of Handel’s Messiah…thrilling the audience with robust tone and tight-knit ensemble work… exhilaratingly joyful… sung with sincerity and sensitively”
The Ayrshire Post, October 29 2001

“Gerard Doherty mustered and controlled his combined forces with authority, conveyed by the admirable clarity of his conducting” ( Mozart Requiem and Waisenhaus Mass )
W Grant Kidd Ayrshire Post May 17 2002

“…As conductors go, he is pretty good at the business.”
The Herald, UK, October 18, 2001.

“The RSNO and conductor Gerard Doherty delivered a sophisticated version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf”
Michael Tumelty, The Herald , February 23, 2002

“ Sunday night’s performance of the Verdi Requiem given by the Ayr Choral Union under their conductor Gerard Doherty was a remarkable success…( it )will be remembered as a milestone..
Throughout the performance Gerard Doherty retained complete control of the various resources.
The sympathetic orchestral direction for the soloists was another aspect of his skilful work.”
Alisdair Chisholm,The Ayrshire Post, March 30th, 2003

“ This was a truly triumphant night for Ayr Choral Union conducted by Gerard Doherty.” ( Carmina Burana. )
Dorothy Howden, The Ayrshire Post, October 26th,2003

“……Gerard Doherty’s considerable talents as their conductor, thus resulting in a wonderful performance.”
( Bach. St. Matthew’s Passion. )
Dorothy Howden, The Ayrshire Post, 22nd April, 2004

Contact details: Gerard Doherty
28 Brackenrig Crescent,
Glasgow G76 0HF
Tel. 0141 644 4243
Fax.0141 644 0200
e-mail ; gerryis@btinternet.com