Colin DurrantDr Colin Durrant has been conducting choirs since the age of 15 – a very long time ago. He currently is conductor of the University of London Chamber Choir as well as Imperial College Choir. Colin has been leading the postgraduate programme in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and previously been Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland and Choral Director of the New England Conservatoire in Boston. Colin has a wide range of choral conducting and teaching experience and is principal conducting tutor and on the standards and training unit for the Association of British Choral Directors. He has published many articles on choral conducting and music education; his book Choral Conducting: Philosophy and Practice appeared in 2003 and is used widely in universities around the world. He is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing.
Colin Durrant has led conducting and choral singing workshops in the USA, Australia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Kenya as well as in Europe and the UK. He is regularly one of an international panel of adjudicators and master-class leader at the Singapore Youth Music Festival. He is a member of the Voice Care Network of America. Initially, Colin's first study was organ and he holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists and was one time winner of the Charles Herbert Smith Organ Prize. The recent CD Simple Pictures recorded with the University of London Chamber Choir has received international acclaim and featured on BBC Radio 3's The Choir.