Mro Hamish Dustagheer is Maestro di Cappella of St John’s Co-Cathedral: the Conventual Church of the Knights of Malta. Prior to his appointment, he held similar posts at Quarr Abbey, Blackfriars, and Campion Hall, Oxford. Enjoying a reputation as one of England’s foremost Catholic organists and improvisers, he performs regularly in the great churches and cathedrals across Europe.
Hamish Dustagheer studied at the Royal College of Music, London, graduating with first-class honours and the keyboard prize. He studied with Gordon Fergus-Thompson (concert pianist) and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (Organiste Titulaire Adjointe of Saint-Sulpice, Paris). During his time at Royal College he achieved examination and competition success, as well as obtaining the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music. Hamish completed postgraduate studies with distinction from the University of Oxford, where he read for an MPhil in Music at New College. He specialised in performance, whilst also researching the influence of Solesmes on Catholic church music in early twentieth century England, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Quinney and Dr Philip Kennedy.
In August 2016, at the age of 24, he was appointed by the Archbishop of Malta, Mgr Charles Scicluna, as Maestro di Cappella in the Archdiocese of Malta. In addition to his principal role at St John’s Co-Cathedral, his duties include overseeing the musical activities at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina, promoting liturgical music throughout the Archdiocese, and directing the music at all major state and religious occasions presided over by the Archbishop.