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 is musical director of the Midlands Chorale, and 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.
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).
The post of Musical Director for the Spring Term 2017 is Phil Ypres-Smith
studied singing and organ at the Birmingham School of Music. During
this time he worked closely with the Opera School. His Musical Direction
included Don Giovanni, Albert Herring, Alcina (directed from the harpsichord
at the Bath Georgian Festival), and the world premier of Giles Swayne’s
Le Nozze de Cherubino. He was also involved in preparations for the
first performances of Derek Bourgeois’ Kubla Khan under the late
Sir Charles Groves.
and Phil have both taken up the post of Musical Director by working
term and term about.
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