VIA NOVA vocal ensemble

is a vocal ensemble based in Birmingham, UK,

born of that city’s tradition of experimental, innovative arts.













Notable Performances


The Swallows of Salangan (Morton Feldman). European premiere, Adrian Boult Hall; March 2014.


                     ‘One of the most beguiling & enigmatic premières I’ve encountered in recent times’

                                                                                                                     -Simon Cummings,


Cradle Song (Harrison Birtwistle). Hon. Doc., Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Adrian Boult Hall; November 2014.


                                                                                ‘…gloriously delivered by the Via Nova Chamber Choir’

                                                                                                 -Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post


To the Angel with the Fiery Hands: Choral Music of Scandinavia and the Baltics 

St Paul’s Church, Birmingham; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival ‘Shorts’ Series. St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield; November 2014.


The Flight of Song (Howard Skempton) and Rothko Chapel (Feldman).

With Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) conducted by Daniel Galbreath. May 2016.


                                                     'The Flight of Song actually moved the audience to a ripple of laughter…

                               Via Nova sang with calm assurance… remarkably controlled and subtle singing’

                                                                                                                     -Richard Bratby, theArtsDesk



Workshops and education

  • Young Composers Project creative weekend, July 2016 (workshop on choral composing with 13–18 year olds).

  • Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Department collaboration, April 2016 (performing student works alongside jazz students and tutors).

  • Birmingham Frontiers Festival workshop with singers and composers, March 2016.

  • Contemporary Music for All (CoMA), March 2016 (rehearsing and performing with amateurs, in collaboration with BCMG).

Under the leadership of founding musical director Daniel Galbreath and managing director Christina Jones, Via Nova consists of professional singers from around the West Midlands. Via Nova collaborates with composers, performers, and artists of all disciplines throughout the UK, making experimental vocal music part of the cultural fabric of our city and region. We embrace an adventurous approach to programming, with a strong commitment to living composers and a special focus on artists from, or working in, Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The group was founded in 2013 by Daniel Galbreath and Ed Denham, and was made up of singers from what is now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since that time,  we have performed throughout the UK to consistent critical acclaim, and has developed a reputation for adventurous performances. We are particularly dedicated to collaboration with composers, and work regularly with emerging composers.