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Masterclass: Dan Ludford Thomas

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17 February 2016 7:00 pm - 19 February 2016 10:00 am

Music Department
Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL

Dan began singing as a chorister at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, and in 1986 became ‘Choirboy of the Year’ which led to radio and television broadcasts, and concerts at many of the major venues throughout the UK. He won choral scholarships to the cathedrals at Wells and Durham – where he read music at the University. On arrival in London he continued his vocal studies with Richard Smart and Nicholas Powell and conducting with Rumon Gamba and Mark Shanahan.

As a tenor Dan has performed regularly with many major ensembles, including Chapelle du Roi, The King’s Consort, The Academy of Ancient Music, Florilegium, and The Sixteen. He has also sung with many choral societies as a soloist.

As a conductor he performs regularly in major concert venues including Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. In 2012 he conducted over 300 singers and the Forest Philharmonic in a performance of Handel Messiah in the Royal Festival Hall and in 2014 conducted over 200 singers in a performance of Verdi Requiem in the Fairfield Halls.

Dan is in demand as a choral animateur, directing workshops and projects in the UK and internationally. He was at the forefront in the delivery of the national singing initiative ‘Singup’ in collaboration with Ex Cathedra with whom he enjoys a long association as part of a team delivering singing programmes and concerts. In 2012 Dan worked as a choirmaster on BBC2’s The Choir: Sing While You Work series and has continued as Artistic Director of the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir. He returned in 2013 to work on series 2 as Choirmaster to Citibank choir with whom he has continued as the Musical Director. Work with these choirs has led to performances at the Hammersmith Apollo and recent concerts in New York. Dan was the chorus master for the Choir of the Enlightenment, preparing them to sing Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Marin Alsop at the 2013 BBC Proms. He returned as Chorus Master for Marin, preparing the Choir of the Enlightenment to perform Brahms Alto Rhapsody and Triumphlied at the 2015 BBC Proms.


Dan will be working with our Chamber Choir on Rachmaninov Vespers on Wednesday 17th February, 7.00pm, in the Music Department concert room. On Thursday 18th 2.00-4.00pm he will give individual sessions with Claire Ward, Sophie Kidwell and Will Ford in the Castle Senate Suite. He will then work with Castle Chapel choir on their Evensong rehearsal at 4.30pm in Castle Chapel before leading a session with Northern Lights at 6.00-8.00pm in the Concert Room.


17 February 2016 7:00 pm
19 February 2016 10:00 am
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Music Department
Palace Green, Durham. DH1 3RL


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