Dan Phelps is a composer, pianist and music tutor based in Tonteg near Pontypridd, South Wales. Dan has a Post Graduate Diploma in Composition from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as well as a BA (Hons) Degree in Music from Bath Spa University College.
Dan has been involved with numerous chamber ensembles, including the Gjylaci Duo who have given a world premiere performance of his Violin and Guitar piece (Episodic Dreams) at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, as well as performing it again as part of the 'Monday Night Musicales' season organised by the Royal Northern College of Music. His Piano and Cello piece "Minimum Vs. Maximum" was premiered at the Powys Hall at the University of Wales, Bangor, by Harvey Davies (piano) and Heather Bills (cello) as part of the Bangor Music Festival. His piece "The Empty Head" for two Clarinets and Bassoon was premiered by Ensemble Cymru. The piece was premiered in Mold, North Wales and was then played throughout Wales in a six date tour. His Viola and Piano piece "Twisted Fairground" was premiered by Altitude (Philip Heyman (of Welsh National Opera) and Zoe Smith) at the Wales Millennium Centre, and his piece "Stifled" for String Quartet was premiered by the Mavron Quartet at the Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff. Dan was a member and associate composer of the Cardiff New Music Collective for several years, specialising in contemporary music for new audiences. Dan has also worked very closely with librettist Simon Rees of Welsh National Opera on an opera piece called Hadrian At Antinooplis.
Dan has composed music for a number of professional organisations and individuals. In June 2014 Dan was commissioned by Intangible Productions to compose two short pieces of music for their show Heroes Incorporated. Previous projects include working with Rubicon Dance, India Dance Wales, Elan Wales (a theatre company) and Calon TV (an animation company) amongst others. For Calon TV Dan was responsible for composing the music for one of their animation 'Trailers' "Are We There Yet". Dan also works very closely with two poets, Jeff Phelps and Simon Fletcher, on a collaboration project Severn Spirit. The collaboration combines the original solo piano works of Dan Phelps with the poems and stories of Jeff Phelps and Simon Fletcher. The trio performed at a sold out performance at the Bewdley Festival. Dan is also an associate of Offa's Press which launched in 2010. For this Dan recorded his collaboration with Jeff Phelps, River Passage, which combines poetry and music and was published by Offa's.
Dan has extensive experience as a solo pianist and keyboard player and has performed extensively throughout the UK. As well as his own solo piano recitals he provides music for care homes, weddings, corporate events and functions. He also works with vocalist Jayne Sarah providing an acoustic set of Jazz, Blues and original arrangements of classic songs. Performance highlights include, as a solo pianist, performing at St David's Hall as part of the Welsh proms and at St Donat's Arts centre.
Past performance credits include being the keyboard player for 2 Rude (a ska tribute band), New Jersey (a Bon Jovi tribute band), performing with the Con Brio Samba band, and playing as part of a vocal and piano duo providing an acoustic set of an extensive mix of music.