The best masterclass I’ve ever had! – Peter Hicks, Chamber Choir
As well as the individual vocal sessions, Dan worked with both auditioned and non-auditioned university choirs: Staff Choir, St Chad’s Chapel Choir, Grey College Choir and Durham University Chamber Choir. All groups benefited from Dan’s expertise, and each masterclass was tailored to work on a particular focus for the choir. In every session, the sound was transformed by the end under Dan’s direction and encouragement, and the Musical Directors of these groups also received individual feedback and encouragement on their conducting technique and rehearsal style.
Many thanks to Dan for such a successful couple of days, and for all who came to support the singers. Keep up to date with all upcoming masterclass opportunities on our website.
Special thanks to all our accompanists: Mary-Anne Grego, Angus Shennan, Ted O’Hare, Finlay Gordon and Matthew Kelley.
Music Durham were delighted to welcome back Dan Ludford-Thomas for two days of vocal masterclasses with individual singers and choirs. Dan, a Hild Bede alumnus, directs a wide variety of choirs from professional ensembles, church choirs, chamber choirs and large symphonic choruses, and performs regularly in major concert venues across the country including Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. The masterclasses were open to all for the opportunity to watch our singers receive world-class vocal tuition, and the sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by participants and audience members alike.
Dan led sessions on a variety of styles of singing with vocalists from across the university. Singers came to the masterclass with a prepared piece to work on, and Dan offered advice and support on points such as posture, vowel sound, facial expression and vibrato. All of our solo singers gave impressive performances and were fantastically responsive to Dan’s comments. Many thanks to Hannah McKay, Natalie Houlston, Ben Munden, Lula Horton, Finlay Gordon, Seb Berkeley, Megan Bithel-Vaughan, Poppy Metherell, Amanda Botelho and Alex Milne for singing so wonderfully!