Dan Ludford-Thomas, Musical Director
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 Dan, 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. 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 on Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 2016.
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’:
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.
Dan is currently Head of Vocal Studies at Dulwich College, conductor of the Senior Choir of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, Musical Director of Concordia Chamber Choir, Director of Music of Lewisham Choral Society and Musical Director of The Hackney Singers.
Andrew Storey, Assistant Musical Director
ANDREW STOREY was organ scholar at Blackpool Grammar School and went on to read a degree in Music and Mathematics. Whilst undertaking his PGCE at Christ Church College, Canterbury he was appointed their first organ scholar and studied with David Flood. He is currently the Director of Music for Faversham Choral Society, Director of Music for the Ashtead Singers, Assistant Director of Music for the Hackney Singers and organist at The Church of the Holy Innocents in South Norwood.
Andrew has worked with the Hackney Singers since 1992, recently and has worked a variety of repertoire including Messiah (Handel) in the Festival Hall, Gloria (Rutter) with Onyx Brass, Organ Concerto (Poulenc), Creation (Haydn), Gloria (Poulenc), Petite Messe Sollenelle (Rossini) and Carmena Burana (Orff). He has played the organ for Ashtead Choral Society on tours to Prague, Florence, Pisa, Salzburg, Verona and conducted them on their most recent tour to Luxembourg. Recently with Faversham Choral Andrew has conducted Creation (Haydn), A Ceremony of Carols (Britten), Requiem (Cherubini and Faure), Little Organ Mass (Haydn) and Messe de Minuet (Charpentier).
For over a decade Andrew has conducted the Ashtead Singers, a Surrey-based chamber choir, in concert and in liturgical services in a variety of cathedrals including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Albans, Brussels, Southwark and most recently on a highly successful tour to Christ Church cathedral Dublin.
Andrew works at Dulwich College as Director of IT and enjoys assisting in the music department, especially singing in the Chapel Choir and conducting senior school musicals such as Guys and dolls, Kiss me Kate and Grease!. Just to keep himself busy he is also an Independent Schools’ Inspector, and as part of job works closely with local schools as part of the Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership. In 2012 Andrew was delighted to be invited to be on the panel for the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ post-graduate performance bursary at the Royal College of Music and in November this year he will be conducting the festival evensong for the new Lord Mayor of London.