About

The choir, which is about eighty strong, sings a wide selection of material which includes folk music from around the world, light classical pieces and items specially written or arranged by Dana de Waal, Anne de Waal and Adam Howell. However, its first love is African music - mostly from the south of the continent. Choir members work very hard with Dana and Anne to produce as authentic a sound as possible.

Over the years the Fishpond Choir has developed into a very accomplished unit thanks to the patience and professionalism of its leaders. What comes over most from its performances, along with the quality of the voices, is the sheer joy in making music. With its happy informal style the choir so obviously enjoys performing and its enthusiasm endears it to every audience for whom it performs.

Dana de Waal

Musical Director Dana de Waal 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.

Over the years the Fishpond Choir has developed into a very accomplished unit thanks to the patience and professionalism of its leaders. What comes over most from its performances, along with the quality of the voices, is the sheer joy in making music. With its happy informal style the choir so obviously enjoys performing and its enthusiasm endears it to every audience for whom it performs.