Daniel Thomas, Choir Director
If you went to Party in the Park in 1999, you will have seen Daniel perform to over 100,000 people. With many years’ experience in the music industry, our renowned Gospel Choir Director is an inspirational singer, songwriter, musician, producer and vocal coach to many artists such as Girls Aloud, Peter Andre and Boy George. Along the way, he’s worked with Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, James Brown, Beverley Knight and Lionel Ritchie, and performed all over the world. Daniel was raised in the Pentecostal Church where he began singing and playing, aged five. He sang for many years with the London Community Gospel Choir and eventually became the choir’s director. He is guest director for the Stockholm International Gospel Choir Festival teaching his own original material and conducting a 900-strong voice choir.
Jason Thompson, Musical Director
Jason is a respected and gifted pianist with over 35 years of playing experience. He has played for, or been the Musical Director for a dazzling range of top industry names such as Omar, Ruby Turner, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ashford and Simpson, Womack and Womack, The Isley Brothers, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Caron Wheeler of Soul to Soul, Gwen Dickey of Rose Royce, Boney M, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Maxi Priest and many American Gospel artists, including Edwin Hawkins (Oh Happy Day).
He has also performed on TV series such as Rose & Maloney, Hotel Babylon, Misfits and was the only musician to play for the funeral of Desmond Dekker. As well as playing, he composes, arranges and works in music production.
He is also a session singer and teaches Workshops and Master classes. Jason runs his own music school and has his own band, The ‘JT Band’, performing all over the country.
Jason is a much sought after piano teacher. As well as teaching to play by ear, he has 100% pass rate in over 25 years of teaching, for students entered for Theory and Practical examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
Jason was Musical Director for the national tour of the theatre show, ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’, a musical about Billie Holiday. He was also the Musical Director for the theatre show, ‘Simply Heavenly’ which showed at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End. He is currently Musical Director for the renowned soul singer, Mica Paris.