Daniel Collins' MusicFor


  • Throughout my career I have received support and encouragement from family, teachers and fellow musicians.
    It is my intention to nurture young classical singers, instrumentalists and composers to give them a platform for performance experience, allowing them to build essential professional contacts. For that reason I established Daniel Collins’ MusicFor Concert Series in 2018.
    As producer and artistic director of the MusicFor Concert Series I am proud of the performers and the success they enjoyed since I started to develop MusicFor.
    The first of the two concert series Music for an Autumn Evening began in London in September last year, followed by Music for a Winter’s Eve in November. Each concert series, made up of four exciting performances each containing a rich variety of classical concerts ranging from solo singers and instrumentalists to choirs and music ensembles that delighted and enthralled the audiences and encouraged the vocalists and musicians. Eight wonderful evenings. Extracts from which can be heard on the MusicFor website.
    In future I plan to continue the success of MusicFor 2018 knowing it will become a prime showcase of the country’s finest young classical talents for this year and many years to come.
    In 2018, as artistic director, I conducted the MusicFor choir and soloists on three occasions and sang with an exciting baroque ensemble comprising of five exceptional young instrumentalists. In the final concert I conducted the MusicFor orchestra made up of 18 musicians and four soloists all fresh from music college.
    It was also a pleasure to produce and listen to solo concerts given by an amazing organist, a stunning Hungarian violinist, a dynamic string quartet and a beautiful five piece consort.

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Series 1 Concert 1 'Songs of Farewell': This event opened the new MusicFor concert series: 'Music for an Autumn Evening!' The programme commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of Charles Hubert Parry (1848-1918) with a performance of the 'Songs of Farewell', one of his finest works, sung by 8 fantastic professional singers and directed by Daniel Collins. The first of four concerts in September and October.
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Series 1 Concert 2 The Comalli Consort: The Comalli Consort, established early 2018, an up and coming Historical Performance Ensemble focusing on music of the Renaissance Period. Comprised of students from the Royal Academy of Music, the ensemble won the Nancy Nuttall Early Music prize this year, showcasing a programme including their arrangements of consort and madrigal repertoire by English and Italian composers.
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Series 1 Concert 3 Dominika Fehér: The ‘delightful’ (The Strad) Hungarian violinist, Dominika Fehér was born into a musical family, and as such has learnt the piano, recorder, french horn, viola, folk and classical singing alongside the violin. Upon completing her Masters degree with highest honours at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Dominika was awarded the Weingarten Scholarship to study at Birmingham Conservatoire, where she later became a Junior Fellow.
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Series 1 Concert 4 The Bloomsbury Quartet: The final concert in MusicFor's first series, 'Music for an Autumn Evening', featured four wonderful musicians "The Bloomsbury Quartet". They performed music by Beethoven, Schubert and Britten. This evocative programme focused on music written around the time of war: Beethoven was living in Vienna at the time when Napoleon invaded, and Britten went to Germany to perform to concentration camp survivors, writing his String Quartet no. 2 on his return.
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Series 2 Concert 1 'Tis Nature's Voice': The music of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries. The concert featured two internationally renowned singers, both members of The Sixteen, and a baroque ensemble comprised of young and talented musicians. The programme explored music by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, and featured John Blow's monumental work 'Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell'.
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Series 2 Concert 2 Andrej Ivanovic - Organ: 'Wond'rous machine' - music for organ. Young and talented organist Andrej Ivanovic, current organ scholar at St. Peter's College, Oxford, gave an organ recital on the 2 manual Bishop and Sons organ in Holy Trinity Church. The organ was moved there from St. Andrew's, Southgate, after bomb damage in World War II destroyed the original instrument.
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Series 2 Concert 3 'Kindle a Light': Choral music for Advent and Christmas. The music ranged from  evocative sacred choral settings through the centuries to close-harmony Christmas favourites.
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Series 2 Concert 4 'JS Bach - Advent and Christmas cantatas': Artistic Director Daniel Collins directed an orchestra and soloists, all recent graduates from music college, in a performance of two of Bach's most exhilarating cantatas, 'Ich freue mich in dir', and 'Wachet Auf'. All the performers played one-to-a-part, it was a wonderful evening of chamber music in the intimate setting of Holy Trinity Church.' The programme also contained two other works: Bach's uplifting motet 'Lobet den Herrn', and the first movement of his 'Oboe Concerto in F major', played by fantastic oboist Zoe Cartlidge.
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