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 2018 Daniel completed a Master in Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland.
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. Daniel’s debut solo album, the result of this work, is available now and has been featured on BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune with Daniel as a BBC Introducing Artist. It was recently reviewed by MusicWeb International listing it as a disc “of the utmost importance ... This disc is the result of much research of historical sources and deserves the attention of every performer ... Monteverdi's Si dolce è'l tormento is one of his most popular pieces, and has been recorded many times ... I am pretty sure that you will have never heard it the way it is sung here by Daniel Thomson.” Johan van Veen, www.musicweb-international.com – February 2019
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 recent return visit to Melbourne, 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, Germany, Austria and Poland.
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Secret Fires of Love
Secret Fires of Love tells the story of intense love through songs ranging from the amorous yearnings for a country lass, to the burning desires of tormented souls. This exploration of the multifaceted outpourings of lovers focuses on some of the most dramatic music written between the late 16th and 18th Centuries.
In Secret Fires of Love, the performers take a fresh approach to Renaissance and Baroque songs by treating texts freely to transform inexpressive notation into a passionate musical declamation. Daniel Thomson adopts the persona of a storyteller, and like singers of the past, he uses techniques of rhetorical delivery to re-create the natural style of performance, listeners from the era would have heard.