Dan Ludford-Thomas

Dan Ludford-Thomas began singing as a chorister at St Matthew’s Church,Northampton, and in 1986 became ‘Choirboy of the Year’ which led to radio and television broadcasts, and concerts at many of the major venues throughout the UK. Dan won choral scholarships to Wells Cathedral and Durham Cathedral where he read music at the University. On arrival in London he continued his vocal studies with Richard Smart and Nicholas Powell and conducting with Rumon Gamba and Mark Shanahan.

As a tenor, Dan has performed regularly with many major ensembles, including Chapelle du Roi, The Kings Consort, The Academy of Ancient Music, Florilegium, and The Sixteen and has sung with many choral societies as a soloist
As a conductor he performs regularly in major concert venues 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 Royal Festival Hall and 2014 he conducted over 200 singers in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in the Fairfield Halls.

Dan is in demand as a choral animateur, directing choral workshops and projects in the UK and internationally.  He was at the forefront in the delivery of the national singing initiative ‘Singup’ in collaboration with Ex Cathedra with whom he enjoys a long association as part of a team delivering singing programmes and concerts.

In 2012 Dan worked as a choirmaster on BBC2’s The Choir: Sing While You Work series and has continued as Artistic Director of the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir. He returned in 2013 to work on BBC2’s The Choir: Sing While You Work series 2 as choirmaster to Citibank choir with whom he has continued as the musical director and in 2015 worked behind the scenes as choirmaster for The Choir: Gareth Malone’s Great Choir Reunion. Work with these choirs has led to performances at the Hammersmith Apollo and concerts in New York. In 2015 Dan enjoyed success as the co-producer and musical director of the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir’s Christmas Number 1 ‘Bridge Over You’: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Bridge_over_You

Dan was the Chorus Master for the Choir of the Enlightenment, preparing them to sing Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Marin Alsop at the 2013 BBC Proms. He returned as Chorus Master for Marin, preparing the Choir of the Enlightenment to perform Brahms Alto Rhapsody and Triumphlied at the 2015 BBC Proms.