previous Musical Director - Dana de Waal

For over twenty years our Musical Director was Dana de Waal.  Dana has sung at the southern-most tip of Africa, in the heart of Europe and in the UK. In countries as far apart as Bophuthatswana, Germany, Botswana, the Czech Republic, South Africa and the UK, audiences have received him with great acclaim.

After obtaining the B Mus degree (with distinction for both Piano and Singing as Practical Majors), Dana did the Higher Diploma in Education. He then went on to obtain the B Mus Honours (cum laude) and M Mus (cum laude). Research towards his Master’s degree in the UK was made possible with grants from the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fund of Anglo American as well as the Haggie Trust Fund.

Dana’s vocal mentors were: Prof. George van der Spuy, Ms Sarie Lamprecht (South Africa); Prof. Erik Werba and Prof. Hanno Blaschke (Germany), John Bacon and Dr. Jane Manning OBE (UK).

Apart from his performances as a singer, and ability as pianist Dana also composes, arranges and teaches music. He has also been involved as a choir master and musical director for many years. Highlights of his time with the Fishpond Choir from Matlock Bath include their participation at in the Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and their two short tours to France.

Dana and his highly talented wife run the Derby Music Academy.