Nicholas Daniel is Sarah Walker’s Artist of the Week on Essential Classics. Since winning the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition in 1980, Daniel has toured the world as a virtuoso of the oboe, and has been a tireless champion of the instrument. His rich, flexible tone and brilliant technique have led him to perform not only the mainstays of the oboe repertoire, such as Vaughan Williams’s Concerto and Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, but also to commission many new pieces and unearth neglected works. He began directing orchestras from the oboe from the start of his career, and is now a respected conductor in his own right, while as a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, he continues to pursue his love of chamber music. Sarah reflects the various facets of Daniel’s career in her musical choices at 11am each day.

You can listen again for 28 days after each broadcast:

Monday 19 September: Mozart Oboe Quartet K.370 & Finzi Eclogue (Nicholas Daniel conducting)
Tuesday 20 September: Poulenc Oboe Sonata
Wednesday 21 September: Cimarosa Oboe Concerto
Thursday 22 September: Vaughan Williams Oboe concerto
Friday 23 September: Alwyn Concerto for Flute and 8 Wind Instruments (Nicholas Daniel directing)