The post of Musical Director for the Spring Term 2018 is Daniel
conductor Daniel Galbreath is active in a broad range of music. He founded
and directs Via Nova, a chamber choir dedicated to performing new music,
which has participated in dozens of UK, European, and world premieres,
and has been broadcast on BBC Radio3. Via Nova has also recently collaborated
in a project with the Birmingham Conservatoire Composition Department.
He also conducts the Midlands Chorale and the Warwickshire County Male
Voices, and is music director of Waste Paper Opera Company. The latter
has taken him from performances in Birmingham warehouses and swimming
baths to Glasgow cafes.
Daniel also frequently chorus-masters for operas and concerts in Birmingham
and at Birmingham Conservatoire. Daniel is currently a PhD candidate
at Birmingham Conservatoire, researching contemporary choral music.
Other areas of interest include music and social theory, including nationalism
and queer theory.
Daniel studied viola at the University of Wyoming in the United States,
and has performed as a chamber musician, soloist in recital and concerto
performances, and orchestral player. He also studied composition with
His music has been performed by the San Francisco Choral Artists, University
of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale, and the Schubert Ensemble, among other
His studies in Birmingham were with Paul Spicer (conductor) and Deborah
post of Musical Director for the Summer Term 2018 is Phil Ypres-Smith
studied singing and organ at the Birmingham School of Music. During
this time he worked closely with the Opera School. His Musical Direction
included Don Giovanni, Albert Herring, Alcina (directed from the harpsichord
at the Bath Georgian Festival), and the world premier of Giles Swayne’s
Le Nozze de Cherubino. He was also involved in preparations for the
first performances of Derek Bourgeois’ Kubla Khan under the late
Sir Charles Groves.
Phil currently lives and works in Birmingham and is an experienced singing
teacher and vocal coach. He has sung and accompanied for radio and has
led many musical and choral groups throughout the country.
He has presented numerous lecture-recitals on subjects ranging from
the history of Anglican church music to Italian opera. He also wrote
and presented a programme for the BBC World Service taking a lighthearted
look at the mysterious world of liturgical organ improvisation.
Alongside an extensive teaching practice, Phil is currently musical
director of STAMPS and since 2003, Director of Music at St George’s
He has an extensive portfolio of compositions and arrangements. Current
projects include a new piano work to be premiered in London next month.
Future plans include playing piano for a recording of Joubert’s
opera Jane Eyre and the composition of a cycle of four mini chamber
operas for performance in 2017.
and Phil have both taken up the post of Musical Director by working
term and term about.
For Musical Directors, pre 2011, please see CHOIR