Daniel Cook took up the position of Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Davids Cathedral and Artistic Director of the St Davids Cathedral Festival in November 2011. At St Davids he is responsible for the maintenance and development of the cathedral’s musical ministry, at the heart of which are the services sung daily by the Cathedral Choirs. In addition he is Music Director of the Dyfed Choir and Artistic Director of the Mousai Singers and maintains a busy schedule of recitals, concerts and recordings as well as being in demand as a teacher and singer. Prior to this he spent six years as Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral where he was the principal organist, playing for all major services, broadcasts, concerts and recordings as well as being Musical Director of the Farrant Singers. He was Musical Director of the Grange Choral Society and Orchestra in Christchurch from 2008 - 2011, with whom he directed many major choral works including Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius and Verdi: Requiem.
Daniel received his early musical education at Durham Cathedral with Keith Wright. Following a year as Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral, he moved to London to take up a place at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Nicolas Kynaston, James O'Donnell and Patrick Russill and participated in master classes with many of the world’s leading organists including Marie-Claire Alain, Lionel Rogg and Jon Laukvik. While at the Academy, he worked as Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey before graduating with first-class honours in July, 2003. While still a student, he was appointed Assistant Organist at Westminster Abbey where he participated in many important national and international services including the 50th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.
Daniel has twice been a finalist in the St Albans International Organ Competition. As a recitalist, he has played across the UK, as well as making appearances in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy and Norway. Recent years have seen engagements in most of the cathedrals in Britain, several Oxbridge College Chapels and in Westminster Abbey's Summer Organ Festival. Increasingly in demand as an ensemble performer, recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the City of London Festival, BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the St Davids Cathedral Festival and Onyx Brass in The Hythe Festival. He is also well known as an accompanist and has worked with many of the distinguished vocal ensembles and choral groups in the UK such as the BBC Singers and the Holst Singers. He has made several solo organ recordings for Priory Records and is currently in the middle of a project to record the complete organ works of Herbert Brewer, Herbert Sumsion and Charles Stanford. Recent projects have included a performance of the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in six recitals to celebrate the centenary of the composer’s birth, and a CD recording of contemporary organ music for the John Armitage Memorial Trust and Choir and Organ magazine.
In 2013 Daniel was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an award offered to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to it in their particular field. In September he moves to Westminster Abbey as Sub-Organist.