Mary Magdalene Dan Soper Dan Soper

Biography

dan-medway-festival-2011Dan Soper began his musical education as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, finishing as Deputy Head Chorister.  Whilst at Trinity School in Croydon, he began playing the organ and became Organ Scholar at Croydon Parish Church, after which he spent his gap year as Organ Scholar at Chelmsford Cathedral.

In July 2005 Dan graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read music and was Organ Scholar.  During this time he shared the conducting and accompanying of the choir with the other scholar, and while he was Senior Organ Scholar the choir recorded a CD, Regina Caeli, and toured to Prague. At Cambridge, he also began to learn PHP, and wrote an online Diary system for Chelmsford Cathedral. He spent a year after graduating at Winchester College as Assistant Organist, working with the Quiristers.

From September 2006 to October 2010, Dan was Assistant Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral, where his responsibilities included the Girls’ Choir, accompaniment of many of the services and music library, as well as departmental administration and planning.  He was involved as an organist or director on three Songs of Praise programmes, two Radio 3 Choral Evensong broadcasts and three CD recordings.  When the Cathedral music department was restructured in 2008, Dan took on extra responsibilities for the Cathedral's IT and website; he continued to fulfil these responsibilities when he moved to Dartford Parish Church as Assistant Director of Music, where he spent a year whilst trying a freelance IT and music career.  His move to St Edmundsbury as Assistant Director of Music in 2011 signalled a return to full-time Cathedral music. In 2015 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

After four and a half years, Dan decided it was time for a career change, and decided to re-enter the world of IT.  Since April 2016 he has worked full-time as a Developer at Victoria Forms, based in Bury St Edmunds.

When he's not working, Dan enjoys working (both with music and with computers), as well as cycling and number puzzles.  He has several web projects and two iPhone apps to his name.