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Daniel Galbreath

musical director

Daniel completed a PhD at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the supervision of Prof Deborah Mawer, researching the experience of singers involved in improvisatory ensemble performance; additional research with Gavin Thatcher has resulted in several publications and conference presentations on embodiment and physiovocality. He completed master’s degrees in musicology (with Prof Mawer) and choral conducting (with Paul Spicer) at RBC, following on undergraduate study in viola performance with eminent pedagogues Jim Przygocki and Sherry Sinift at the University of Wyoming (USA). As a bluegrass fiddle player in Wyoming, Daniel performed throughout the American west.

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Birmingham-based conductor and researcher Daniel Galbreath is active in a wide variety of music-making. He is particularly interested in contemporary music, with a focus on experimental, improvisatory, and devised vocal performance. In 2013, he founded Via Nova, a vocal ensemble dedicated to contemporary choral music, and has acted as musical director for  Waste Paper Opera Company, a London-based experimental performing arts collective, since 2014. He has led dozens of UK, European, and world premieres throughout the UK and for broadcast on BBC Radio3, and has conducted the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with Via Nova. His dedication to contemporary music extends to his teaching work at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he teaches the vocalists’ devising workshops, alongside several choral conducting classes.

Daniel is also committed to community music and education: he currently conducts the Midlands Chorale, and has acted as musical director for the City of Wolverhampton Choir and the Warwickshire County Male Voices (a young men’s choir) in addition to guest conducting and leading workshops with numerous regional groups. In 2016 he initiated (and continues to direct) the conducting course that runs alongside Paul Spicer’s English Choral Experience at Dore Abbey.