(Fr) Daniel was born in Hampshire but later moved to Tunbridge Wells, where he attended St Gregory’s Catholic Comprehensive School and was a parishioner of St. Augustine’s Church. From an early age his passion was music and during his time at school developed an ambition to become a professional violinist.
With encouragement and support from his family and school he was delighted to win a place at the Royal College of Music in London and between 1993 and 1997 he studied violin with John Ludlow and piano with Yonty Solomon. Looking back he describes his experience there as ‘intense, competitive and highly stimulating’ and loved being immersed in a constant stream of high-level music-making.
In 1999, he was invited to take up a teaching post at the newly-formed National Conservatory of Music in Palestine, which was founded to offer musical education in all its aspects to Palestinian children living in the Occupied Territories. Daniel taught violin at the Conservatory at its branches in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem and regards his happy time in the Holy Land as being a turning-point in his life.
Upon his return to England, happily busy as a freelance performer and teacher, the sense of a calling to priesthood began to grow and, after several years of thinking about it he contacted the Vocations Director for Southwark Diocese and applied to be accepted for priestly formation. He spent his first ‘propaedutic’ year in Valladolid, Spain, at the Royal English College of St. Alban – which opened in 1589 as a safe place for English Catholics to train for the priesthood away from the persecution in England – and then continued his formation at St. John’s Seminary in Wonersh, near Guildford. He is very grateful for the richly blessed time he spent at both seminaries.
Daniel was ordained Deacon at St. John’s Seminary in December 2015 and Priest on 16th July 2016 – the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark, by Archbishop Peter Smith. He is delighted to have been sent to serve the Parish and Faithful of St. Thomas of Canterbury and is deeply grateful for the warm welcome he has received from parishioners and clergy alike.