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.
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
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