Daniel Saleeb (b. 1985) began composing seriously during his time as a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford. He took the opportunity there to write a number of choral works, including his Magdalen Service, and the 2007 Christ Church Orlando Composition Prize-winner, In the Deserts of the Heart. He also started to exercise a burgeoning interest in music for theatre, developing a passion for theatricality in music that has made its way into a great deal of his work. In 2008, Daniel took up study for an MMus in Advanced Composition, with Kenneth Hesketh at the Royal College of Music, and has since enjoyed very wide-ranging work as a composer for schools, the concert hall, the church, the theatre, and for film, each continuing to shape his entire compositional language.
In 2011, he formed Ensemble SoS, to perform his chamber opera Yellow at Riverside Studios, as part of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. He has worked as a theatre composer, musical director and sound designer for many theatre productions, at venues including the National Theatre Studio, the Arcola, the BAC, the Bridewell, and the Bristol Old Vic. Daniel has also worked on a number of film projects, including Fire, screened at the BFI as part of the Dickens On Film season in 2012 and officially selected for inclusion in the London Film Festival; and most recently, Alpha : Omega, in association with Pinewood Studios, and recorded at Abbey Road’s famous Studio Two.
Recent and upcoming performances include: Stefan the Spoonmaker for percussionist Rebecca McChrystal; Look Graciously Upon Us, For the Fallen and Angele Dei, written for performances at Harrow School; The Boy Made of Bread for young string players at Oakham School; Personent Hodie for Dulwich College’s Carol Service at Southwark Cathedral, 2013; The Tramp and the Fiddle, for violinist Martin Cropper; Toccata on ‘Erhalt’uns, Herr, bei deinem wort’ commissioned by the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, 2013, for contribution to organist William Whitehead’s Orgelbüchlein Project; Fantasia on ‘Erhalt’uns, Herr, bei deinem wort’, for Martin Ford and the organ of Westminster Abbey; and Box, a music theatrical work commissioned by the Workers Union Ensemble, for touring performances at venues including LSO St. Luke’s.
Daniel is an LSO Soundhub Associate composer, and was also recently selected for inclusion in JAM and Britten in Oxford’s Writing for Voices scheme, 2013.