Daniel Collins - Biography

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

Stantonbury church

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

In his final year at the Oxford cathedral Daniel was head chorister.

Oxford Catherdral

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.

Magdalen College

In 2005 Daniel went on to further his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music, continuing to study under Ashley Stafford. Daniel 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

Some of Daniel's solo performances include

Bach's St. John Passion at Chichester Cathedral with the Hanover Band, and at St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge with Orpheus Britannicus.

 Handel's Messiah at St. Alkmund's Church, Shrewsbury.

A concert of Purcell odes including Welcome to All the Pleasures with Orpheus Britannicus, at All Saints, Margaret Street.

A live broadcast of Biber's Missa Bruxellensis from Izegem, Belgium.

Daniel has performed with several choral societies, including Bracknell Choral Society, with whom he sang the tenor aria in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Currently, Daniel sings every Sunday at the Church of All Saints, Margaret Street.
See ensembles page for the professional music ensembles and choirs Daniel sings with.