Oliver Waterer took up the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers and Artistic Director of the St Davids Cathedral Festival in September 2013. At St Davids he is responsible for the maintenance and development of the cathedral's musical ministry, at the heart of which are the services sung daily by the Cathedral Choirs. Oliver is also Artistic Director of St Davids Cathedral Festival, and Conductor and Music Director of Côr Dyfed Choir.
Prior to this Oliver was Assistant Director of Music at Chelmsford Cathedral where he was the principal organist at the daily choral services and directed the Cathedral Girls' Choir. He spent four months as acting Director of Music at the cathedral in 2012. He was accompanist and deputy director to the Chelmsford Singers, a prominent choral society in the city from 2009 to 2012. As a recitalist Oliver has performed at many British churches and cathedrals including Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. Recent years have also included performances in France, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Oliver Waterer studied the organ with Andrew Malcolm at Saffron Walden Parish Church, in Essex before becoming a student at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying principally with David Saint. While in Birmingham he was Organ Scholar at both the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals in the city and was accompanist to the Conservatoire Chamber Choir. He graduated in 2001 winning the John Campbell Keyboard Prize.
Oliver spent the following year as Organ Scholar in Guildford Cathedral, working with Stephen Farr and Geoffrey Morgan. In 2002 he became Assistant Organist at Peterborough Cathedral where he accompanied the daily services on the renowned Hill organ and played for several foreign tours and BBC broadcasts.
In 2008 he was appointed Sub Organist to Her Majesty's Chapels Royal at St James' Palace, Westminster. In this role he played at numerous royal events and ceremonies including the annual Royal Maundy Service and the Royal Household Carol Concert at Buckingham Palace which was recorded and broadcast by Classic FM. While living in London he taught at the London Oratory School and held posts at Hampstead Parish Church and Willington School in Wimbledon.