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Charles Daniels (Tenor)

Born: Salisbury, England

The English tenor, Charles Daniels, was both a Chorister and a Choral Scholar of King's College, Cambridge, spending the intervening years at Winchester College. After reading Natural Sciences and Music at Cambridge, he won a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London where he studied under Edward Brooks. He was a major prize-winner in both the Great Grimsby International Competition for singers and in the final of the 1986 GKN English Song Award, winning the Hubert Parry Prize for the best programme in that competition.

Charles Daniels' career has taken him to Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and all over Europe. Performances have included George Frideric Handel's The Triumph of Time and Truth in Utrecht and Amsterdam, Judas Maccabaeus in San Sebastian, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah in Fribourg and Puccini's Missa di Gloria in Lisbon, both conducted by Michel Corboz, J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) in St Gallen and Amriswil and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with the RTE Symphony Orchestra and with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. A regular performer with De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Charles last appeared with them in performances of Monteverdi's Vespers in the Netherlands in December 2000. With Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, Charles took part in a performance of Bach Cantatas in Arnstadt, as part of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage 2000.

In the UK, Charles Daniels has performed Bach's Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Schubert's Mass in Eb with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfredo Casella's La giara with George Benjamin and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Purcell's Dioclesian with the Academy of Ancient Music and Christopher Hogwood at the Barbican, London, and an all-Handel programme with James O’Donnell and the Academy of Ancient Music at Westminster Abbey for BBC Millenium Live 2000.

Festival performances include regular appearances at the BBC Promenade Concerts, Rameau's La Guirlaunde at the Flanders Festival in Bruges, Purcell’s Fairy Queen with Les Arts Florissants in Aix-en Provence, G.F. Handel's Solomon in the Halle Händel-Festspiele and the role of Acis in Acis and Galatea in Montepellier. Charles also toured with Les Arts Florissants in Lully's Atys at the Opéra Comique, Paris, Montpellier, Caen, Madrid and New York.

Recordings include the role of Peachum in The Beggar's Opera, J.S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio (BWV 248) with Andrew Parrott, Purcell's Fairy Queen with Les Arts Florissants, Haydn’s St Cecilia Mass, Charpentier's Vêpres aux Jesuites with the Gulbenkian Choir & Orchestra under Michel Corboz and a number of Purcell recordings for Hyperion with the King's Consort.

Source: Hazard Chase Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Pieter Jan Belder


BWV 4, BWV 64, BWV 80, BWV 81, BWV 88, BWV 153, BWV 227

Michel Corboz


BWV 245

Diego Fasolis


BWV 110, BWV 205, BWV 196, BWV 248

Greg Funfgeld


BWV 245 [Evangelist]

John Eliot Gardiner


BCP: BWV 42, BWV 67, BWV 150

Manique Huggett


BWV 245 [Evangelist]

Rudolf Lutz


BWV 244 [Evanglist & Arias]

Paul McCreesh


BWV 65, BWV 180, BWV 233, BWV 238

Eric J. Milnes


BWV 1, BWV 7, BWV 30, BWV 61, BWV 72, BWV 81, BWV 122, BWV 123, BWV 147, BWV 155, BWV 156, BWV 167, BWV 182 [w/ Montréal Baroque]

Andrew Parrott


BWV 4, BWV 198, BWV 244a
BWV 227, BWV 229, BWV 249

Purcell Quartet


BWV 4, BWV 12, BWV 18, BWV 21, BWV 61, BWV 106, BWV 131, BWV 161, BWV 172, BWV 182, BWV 196

Peter Seymour


BWV 245 [Evangelist]

Jos van Veldhoven


BWV 110, BWV 232 [1st], BWV 232 [2nd], BWV 243, BWV 244 [2nd], BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Charles Daniels Society (Official Website)
Charles Daniels (Hazard Chase)

Raphi's Serious Singers List: Tenors: Charles Daniels
Charles Daniels (JRP Dynu) [French]

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