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Musical Director

Spring Term 2020:
in the absence of Daniel Galbreath who is having a Sabatical back home in America and in the resignation of Phil Ypres-Smith, Ben Hamilton has stepped in to ably lead us through the term.

Daniel Galbreath

Birmingham-based 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 Anne Guzzo.
His music has been performed by the San Francisco Choral Artists, University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale, and the Schubert Ensemble, among other musicians.
His studies in Birmingham were with Paul Spicer (conductor) and Deborah Mawer (musicology).

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For previous Musical Directors, please see CHOIR HISTORY