Biography - Daniel Collins

Education


  • Daniel began his music career at the age of 4 playing violin, piano and singing at Christ Church Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes.

    At the age of 7 Daniel became a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Singing many solo pieces during his time there. With Christ Church Cathedral Choir Daniel toured USA, Australia, Brazil and sang on many recording sessions.

    From Oxford Cathedral Daniel was awarded a music scholarship to Charterhouse School, Surrey, where under the tutelage of Mark Blatchly and Glyn Davenport he began to sing countertenor.
    During his stay at Charterhouse Daniel attained Grade 8 violin, organ and piano.

    Daniel went on to read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Choral and Academic Scholar. While at Oxford, Daniel began to embark on a solo career as a countertenor, studying with Ashley Stafford.
    In between his studies Daniel found time to be music director for the Oxford Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
    Productions included The Mikado, Trial By jury and Ruddigore.
    Daniel gave organ recitals in Magdalen Chapel, Oxford, and sang in various concerts, including at the University Church with Schola Cantorum and Emma Kirkby (Handel – Dixit Dominus) and at the reopening of the Sheldonian Theatre (Handel – The Messiah). Daniel played piano in productions of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Saint-Saens Carnival of the animals and appeared with the Godalming Youth Orchestra.
    Daniel received a first class degree in music at Oxford in 2005.

    In 2005 Daniel went on to further his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music, continuing to study under Ashley Stafford. Whilst there he participated in masterclasses with Michael Chance, Peter Harvey and James Bowman, as well as private tuition with people such as Robin Blaze, Margaret Cable and Stephen Roberts.

    Daniel gained a post graduate diploma in singing at the RCM. Royal College of Music
Christ Church, Stantonbury Campus.
Milton Keynes
Daniel received his first violin on his fourth birthday, he began playing during the church services soon after and later played piano and cello as well as singing.
Christ Church Cathedral. Oxford
At the age of seven Daniel entered the Cathedral in Oxford as a chorister. With the choir Daniel toured Brazil, America and Australia. Rising to become head chorister Daniel sang many solos and presented flowers to the Queen when she visited the Cathedral.
Charterhouse. Surrey
From Oxford Cathedral Daniel was awarded a music scholarship to Charterhouse School, Surrey, where under the tutelage of Mark Blatchly and Glyn Davenport he began to sing countertenor.
During his stay at Charterhouse Daniel attained Grade 8 violin, organ and piano.
Magdalen College. Oxford
Daniel went on to read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Choral and Academic Scholar. While at Oxford, Daniel began to embark on a solo career as a countertenor, studying with Ashley Stafford.
In between his studies Daniel found time to be music director for the Oxford Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Productions included The Mikado, Trial By jury and Ruddigore.
Daniel gave organ recitals in Magdalen Chapel, Oxford, and sang in various concerts, including at the University Church with Schola Cantorum and Emma Kirkby (Handel – Dixit Dominus) and at the reopening of the Sheldonian Theatre (Handel – The Messiah). Daniel played piano in productions of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Saint-Saens Carnival of the animals and appeared with the Godalming Youth Orchestra.

Daniel received a first class degree in music at Oxford in 2005.
The Royal College of Music. London
In 2005 Daniel went on to further his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music, continuing to study under Ashley Stafford. Whilst there he participated in masterclasses with Michael Chance, Peter Harvey and James Bowman, as well as private tuition with people such as Robin Blaze, Margaret Cable and Stephen Roberts.

Daniel gained a post graduate diploma in singing at the RCM. Royal College of Music

Daniel Collins - Countertenor - Career


  • Daniel is an established professional freelance countertenor based in London. His voice has been described as both “rich” and “lyrical”, and is suited as much to Baroque oratorio as it is to French song. Daniel is currently in demand as both a soloist and a choral singer throughout the UK and Europe, singing regularly with many of the country’s top choirs and ensembles.


 
Daniel Collins - Choirs and Ensembles
  The Sixteen: UK and Worldwide tours.
  Tenebrae Choir: UK performances and USA tour
  Gabrieli Consort and Players: UK and European Concerts
  The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: UK and European Concerts
  Arcangelo
  Chapelle du Roi (Director - Alistair Dixon)
  Musica Beata
  Orpheus Britannicus
  The Hanover Band (Soloist)
  Dimitri Ensemble
  La Grande Chapelle
  Ludus Baroque
  Church of All Saints, Margaret Street.
Daniel Collins - (Some) Recordings
  Daniel has appeared on many of The Sixteen's recordings.
  Including
  The Sixteen: James MacMillan: Stabat Mater
  The Sixteen: Palestrina 4
  The Sixteen: Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II Vol. II 

  Tenebrae: Gesualdo
  LSO Tenebrae: Faure Requiem
  Paul Mealor Tenebrae: A Tender Light

  Gabrieli: War Requiem
  Gabriel: Incarnation
  Gabrieli: Venetian Coronation

  Church of All Saints, Margaret Street: The Church Music of Dr. Harry Bramma
  Church of All Saints, Margaret Street: Carols from All Saints

  Musica Beata: Songs of Springtime
  Arcangelo: Mass in B minor
  The Hobbitt: Soundtrack.
Daniel Collins - The Sixteen
 
Daniel has been a full member of the world renowned choir The Sixteen since 2014. The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. Conductor and founder Harry Christophers has taken the choir to worldwide success. Daniel won the prestigious in 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble award with The Sixteen. Daniel was one of the soloists featured in the music played on BBC Radio 3 after the event. The Sixteen were the first to sing on Facebook live stream from the Sistine Chapel 22/4/2018 Daniel recently performed as a soloist in a series of Purcell’s "Welcome Songs" and "Odes" at the Wigmore Hall, Sir James MacMillan’s "Stabat Mater" at the Barbican and on tour, Buxtehude’s "Membra Jesu Nostri" and Bach's "Magnificat in D", alongside a busy schedule of the Choral Pilgrimage, tours and recordings. Most recently he was the alto soloist for The Sixteen's performances of Vivaldi's "Gloria".
Daniel Collins - All Saints, Margaret Street
  For many years Daniel has sung professionally at All Saints, Margaret Street. London on Sundays and Holy Days. The present-day choir maintains the exacting standards of its predecessors, and is now led by the Acting Director of Music Jeremiah Stephenson. All Saints has an important link to Rachmaninov: Vale arranged Rachmaninov's Mass with English words, which the composer came to hear twice, in 1915 and 1923, declaring himself pleased with the result. It is still sung on Palm Sunday.
   

Daniel Collins - Music Director / Producer MusicFor


  • Daniel Collins established his MusicFor concert series in London 2018.
  • This is a bold venture to establish a much needed showcase for young professional classical singers, instrumentalists and composers trying to make their way in a very competitive environment. Eight concerts have taken place. More concerts are scheduled for 2020
  • Please see the MusicFor page for more details

Daniel Collins - Music Director / Producer The Renaissance Consort of Naples


  • Daniel Collins The Renaissance Consort of Naples Italy 2019
  • This was a wonderful collaboration between English conductor Daniel Collins and 21 Italian choral singers. The first concert held in the Casale di Teverolaccio near Naples was a such a success more concerts are planned in 2020
  • Please see the RCN page for more details