Daniel Thomson, originally from Melbourne, is a London based tenor soloist and chamber singer. In 2009 he graduated his Bachelor of Music (specialising in vocal performance) with Honours, from the University of Melbourne. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Daniel also furthered his study abroad at the Dartington International Summer School, where he has taken part in many masterclasses and several performances with international names such as Dame Emma Kirkby, Charles Daniels, Andrew Watts and others. In October 2016 Daniel received a scholarship to study a Master in Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies Diploma at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel – which sees Daniel travelling to Switzerland regularly for concerts.
Daniel’s studies have had a particular focus on historically informed performance of music from the 16th to 19th centuries. In 2015 and 2016, he spent a couple of months in Canada working on several recordings using old rhetorical methods of interpretation under the guidance of Professor Robert Toft at the University of Western Ontario. Now completed, Daniel hopes to release these as his debut solo album soon.
Having moved to London in April 2015, Daniel has quickly established himself as an expressive and unique performer. He regularly deputises in many of London’s major vocal ensembles and church choirs and is a regular tenor at the church of St Bartholomew-the-Great. Daniel is also a core member of a few professional groups including Dowland Works (dir. Dame Emma Kirkby) and Lux Musicae London – an ensemble of Daniel’s peers that perform madrigals in broken consort with instrumental divisions. Daniel also often puts together his own recital programs and is particularly known for his expressive interpretation of 16th and 17th century music, often accompanied by lute.
Back in Melbourne, Daniel regularly performed as a soloist with various choral and instrumental groups including the Consort of Melbourne, Ensemble Gombert and La Compañia – with whom Daniel features as a guest vocal soloist on their critically acclaimed 2013 CD release “Destino Mexicano”. In a return visit to Melbourne this year, Daniel received excellent reviews for his concerts with Ensemble 642 and solos in the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. “Thomson’s fine, light instrument is a joy to listen to. …Clarity, agility and textual empathy were all displayed in abundance.” Tony Way, www.limelightmagazine.com.au – June 2017.
Daniel has regularly been well-received by reviewers of major publications around Australia. In the opening concert of the 2015 Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, The Age, Melbourne’s leading newspaper, published: “…dominating the night was Daniel Thomson’s Evangelist: faultless in diction, accurate in pitch and emotionally consistent, generating a spell-binding hiatus point at the narrative climax of Jesus’ death.” Clive O’Connell, The Age – January 2015.
Daniel is also known for his performances with his identical twin brother Matthew Thomson. Together they have received numerous positive reviews for their performances – particularly of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers:
“Daniel and Matthew made every note count, notably in an excellent Duo Seraphim” and “One of the stars of the opening concert, Daniel Thomson brought his reliable tenor to the mix.” Clive O’Connell, The Age – January 2014.
“Everything [Daniel] sang was characterised by singular musicianship, evenness of tone and great control. A more perfect match could not have been found when the brothers sang together in a most beautiful Duo Seraphim and an uncannily echoing Audi Coelum. There is a substantial amount of music for the tenor soloists in the work and all of it was performed at an extraordinarily high standard.” Heather Leviston, www.classicmelbourne.com.au – November 2014
Daniel is enjoying another busy year of recording projects, study and historically informed performance across the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Australia.