Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Daniel Thomson is a London based tenor soloist, recitalist and chamber singer. Known for his expressive text-based performance, Daniel’s focus is on historically informed performance of music from the 16th to 19th centuries. In 2009 he graduated his Bachelor of Music (specialising in vocal performance) with Honours, from the University of Melbourne. In 2018 Daniel completed a Master in Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland.
Released in early 2018 - Daniel’s debut solo album Secret Fires of Love, has been featured on BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune with Daniel as a BBC Introducing Artist. It was 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
Daniel is a core member of several groups including Dowland Works (dir. Dame Emma Kirkby), Lux Musicae London, InVocare, Sidonia Ensemble and the priory choir of St Bartholomew-the-Great and often sings chorus with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Early Opera Company, Gabrieli Consort and La Cetra. He has performed in various well-known festivals worldwide including the London Festival of Baroque Music, Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek, Brighton Early Music Festival and the MA Festival Bruges. In 2019 Daniel also made his debut performance in Wigmore Hall as a soloist and chamber singer alongside Dame Emma Kirkby for her 70th birthday celebration concert.
Back in Melbourne, Daniel regularly performed as a soloist with various choral and instrumental groups including the Consort of Melbourne, Ensemble Gombert, Ensemble 642 and La Compañia – with whom Daniel features as a guest vocal soloist on their critically acclaimed 2013 CD release “Destino Mexicano”.
2022 sees Daniel performing in the UK, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. He is also the current tenor prize winner of the ‘Bachcelona’ Salvat Beca Bach prize, which sees him travelling to Barcelona regularly as a Bach soloist.
Daniel has received excellent reviews for his performances:
“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.
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
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.
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