Daniel is Director of Music, Director of Studies in Music, and a Fellow at Homerton College, as well as Director of Studies in Music at Magdalene College. He was an undergraduate at Selwyn College before completing his Master’s at the University of Southampton and returning to Cambridge to study for his PhD at Magdalene College. His research interests include the role of music in liturgy and ceremony, especially in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His doctoral thesis (and subsequent monograph, published as part of the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History series) investigated the attitudes and approaches to music of the Protestant reformers in sixteenth-century Strasbourg. This involved scrutinising treatises, hymnbook prefaces, and unpublished archival material in order to improve our understanding of why music was deemed crucial by the first Protestant reformers. Daniel has also undertaken research on the Genevan and Scottish Psalters of the Reformation. Ongoing research interests include the influence of late fifteenth-century English preachers on the German Reformation’s stance towards music, and producing a critical edition of a set of Latin motets from 1539 Strasbourg. He is also a regular reviewer of books and recordings in the Oxford journal Early Music.
Daniel also supervises and teaches a variety of undergraduate modules at Cambridge including practical musicianship (aural and keyboard skills), analysis, tonal composition, and music history courses.
He enjoys travelling, and is an organist and conductor. His role as Director of Music at Homerton involves overseeing extra-curricular musical activity in the College, including directing the Charter Choir. His performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Classic FM, and Radio Television Hong Kong.