Dan Ludford-Thomas

Director of Music

Dan enjoys a busy schedule as a conductor, chorus master and singing teacher in London. He directs a wide variety of choirs from professional ensembles, church choirs, chamber choirs and large symphonic choruses. He performs regularly in major concert venues across the country including Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. In 2012 he conducted over 300 singers and the Forest Philharmonic in a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. In 2014 he conducted over 200 singers in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in the Fairfield Halls, returning with the same forces to put …

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Nico de Villiers

Assistant Director of Music

South African-born pianist Nico de Villiers is a coach, accompanist and researcher based in London. He holds degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the University of Michigan, as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Regularly performing as collaborative pianist to singers and chamber musicians Nico performed in recital at: the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; Birmingham Symphony Hall; the Barbican and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London; the Kammermusiksaal in Bonn, Germany; and the Mozarteum Grosser Saal in Salzburg. Festival performances include the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Chopin …

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