Darrel Chan began his musical training with the piano in Malaysia, studying with Madam Wohdy Ng and completing his ATCL diploma with Ng Chong Lim. He then studied with Philip Martin (piano) and Paul Spicer (choral conducting) at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Darrel was awarded the Guy Woolfenden Prize on behalf of the Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, a prize for young conducting students in 2017, and the Michael Beech Conducting Award, an award for distinction in conducting in 2018.
Darrel Chan hails from Malaysia and holds a BMus (Honours) in Piano Performance and Master in Choral Conducting (MMus) from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. Darrel has recently completed the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Choral Conducting in 2018, studying with Paul Spicer.
Darrel’s interest in choral conducting began when he joined a choir in Malaysia. He was a teaching staff of the Young Choral Academy before furthering his studies in the UK. In the years 2013 to 2016, Darrel has participated as a choir member, pianist (four hands piano) and choral conductor for “Bar 4”, a group based in the UK that holds concerts to raise funds for charity. He is the current choral conductor for the Aston University Choir, a post he has been holding for the past 6 years.
Darrel was the chorus master for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Official Royal Opening Gala Concert in March 2018, and he recently conducted the “Venite” from Byrd’s The Great Service in a concert with the Birmingham Bach Choir, as a conducting scholar.
In September 2018, Darrel was appointed Choral Conductor of Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama's chamber choir.