Charles Daniels’ singing is coloured by his knowledge of twelve centuries’ music. Born in Salisbury, he studied at King’s College, Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music under Edward Brooks. His ninety recordings include Handel’s Messiah, Schütz’ Christmas Story, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers for Deutsche Grammophon; Dowland songs for EMI; The Beggar’s Opera, Handel’s Alexander Balus for Hyperion; Sen? Tenorlied with Fretwork; Rubbra Amoretti with the Maggini Quartet and much Bach and Purcell.
Among his concert performances have been BBC Proms; Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Toronto); John Tavener’s Songs of the Sky (world première); Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Fribourg); Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (Nederlands Bach-Vereniging); Luigi Nono’s Canti di Vita e Amore (Edinburgh Festival); Britten’s Serenade and St Nicolas (St.Gallen); Handel’s Theodora (London Handel Festival); Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius (Winchester, Warsaw); Purcell’s King Arthur (Tafelmusik).
The Johannes-Passion, Charles’ first recording with the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, follows several enjoyable concert collaborations in recent years.