Review: Works Old and New Show THEA MUSGRAVE Still the Life of the Party (Broadway World)

‘Kilt-clad oboist Nicholas Daniel arrived to “reclaim Thea for Scotland.” In less time than it took to reset the stage, he played a pair of short, but meaty, pieces written for him, “Dawn” and “Whirlwind”–music that flew out of the oboe, like glitter being strewn by a magician, mixing glissandos and staccato. Daniel commended the […]

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Review: Spiritual journeys and operatic thrills mark Thea Musgrave’s 90th birthday (New York Classical Review)

‘In the two contrasting oboe pieces, the meditative Dawn and the jumpy Whirlwind, Nicholas Daniel’s fine dynamic control and fleet technique provided the palate-cleansing sorbet between two rich choral courses.’ Read this review in full online  

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CD Review: 10 recommended recordings by BBC Young Musician competition winners

Nicholas Daniel (1980) Oboist Nicholas Daniel triumphed in the 1980 competition with a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto and has gone on to have a hugely successful career. In 2015 he returned to the Vaughan Williams concerto with the Britten Sinfonia and conductor James MacMillan. This was an Editor’s Choice recording in the May […]

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Nicholas Daniel and other BBC Young Musician winners launch the Every Child A Musician campaign

Nicholas Daniel and other BBC Young Musician winners unite in a plea for all primary school children to be given free music lessons – read the open letter to The Guardian. ‘This year, the BBC is celebrating 40 years of its Young Musician competition. All of us past winners take great pride in its legacy, […]

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BBC Young Musician – Forty Years Young

To mark the 40th birthday of BBC Young Musician, a look back at this hugely influential competition, focusing on the soaring careers of the three finalists from 2016, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, saxophonist Jess Gillam and French horn player Ben Goldscheider. From its inception in 1978, BBC Young Musician has been a national institution and performers who’ve […]

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