Daniel began his music career at the age of 4 playing violin, piano and singing at Christ Church Stantonbury Campus. Milton Keynes.
At the age of 7 Daniel became a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Singing many solo pieces. With Cathedral Choir Daniel toured USA, Australia, Brazil and sang on many recording sessions.
From Oxford Cathedral Daniel was awarded a music scholarship to Charterhouse School, Surrey, where under the tutelage of Mark Blatchly and Glyn Davenport he began to sing countertenor. During his stay at Charterhouse Daniel attained Grade 8 violin, organ and piano.
Daniel went on to read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Choral and Academic Scholar. While at Oxford, Daniel began to embark on a solo career as a countertenor, studying with Ashley Stafford. In between his studies Daniel found time to be music director for the Oxford Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Productions included The Mikado, Trial By jury and Ruddigore. Daniel gave organ recitals in Magdalen Chapel, Oxford, and sang in various concerts, including at the University Church with Schola Cantorum and Emma Kirkby (Handel Dixit Dominus) and at the reopening of the Sheldonian Theatre (Handel The Messiah) Daniel played piano in productions of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana,
Daniel received a first class degree in music from Oxford University in 2005
In 2005 Daniel went on to further his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music, continuing to study under Ashley Stafford. Whilst there he participated in masterclasses with Michael Chance, Peter Harvey and James Bowman, as well as private tuition with people such as Robin Blaze, Margaret Cable and Stephen Roberts.
Daniel gained a post graduate diploma in singing at the RCM.
Daniel has been singing with The Sixteen for 12 years and sung on numerous recording with The Sixteen and a wide range of professional vocal ensembles and choirs. Performing in many countries.
The Sixteen presents Bach’s Magnificat at Rochester Cathedral, by Anna Morell. 26th February 2017 Posted by Anna Morell
The standout moments for me were Daniel Collins’ solos – an alto, his voice has an astonishing purity. ‘Et misericordia…’ can be touched by melodrama, but not a bit of it here. A soaring, drawing in to the mercy articulated with such emotion that I found my made-up eyes a little pandafied afterwards. His second solo accompanied by the most delicious flutes was similarly extraordinary. ‘Esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes’ can be a bit… well, twee and inanes. This rendition had depth, texture, a sincerity and a serenity borne of lightness (again, that lightness – such a departure for the playing of most Bach).
22/4/2018 Classic FM, The Sixteen and the Genesis Foundation present the first ever live streamed concert from the Sistine Chapel, Daniel was one of the soloists for the amazing performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater in the Sistine Chapel, Rome.
The Sixteen win the prestigious 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble award.
After the award ceremony a piece from a live recording on Radio 3 featuring Daniel as one of the soloists was played.
A new concert series designed to encourage young professional performers is started, by Daniel, with the intention to nurture classical singers and instrumentalists at the start of their career in music, giving them performance experience, allowing them to build essential professional contacts.
The inaugural concert is in London 20th September.
To learn more about Daniel Collins please visit decmusic.co.uk