Daryl Simpson, from Omagh in Northern Ireland, graduated in music from Queen’s University Belfast majoring in Piano and Voice. At this time he became the founder and Musical Director of the Omagh Community Youth Choir, in an attempt to promote peace and reconciliation through music. He then went on to study singing with tenors Peter Alexander Wilson and Nicolai Gedda, and completed his Opera Masters Degree at the Alexander Gibson Opera School in Glasgow (RSAMD).
Daryl joined Opera Theatre Company - "Young Associate Artist Scheme", performing in many recitals and broadcasts, and in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea. Daryl then became a member of the renowned Zürich "Internationales Opern Studio", where he sang Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), and roles in Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Poulenc) for Oper Zürich. He has performed concerts with many of the worlds leading orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Vancouver Symphony and the Zurich Kammer Orchestra to name a few.
As well as performing worldwide on the concert platform, Daryl is also an accomplished Musician, Musical Director/Conductor, Arranger and Teacher. His work has been included in projects from the WWF, Playing for Change, and Art House Film productions. He is currently a member of Irish Crossover group the Celtic Tenors and is proud to continue his relationship with OCYC.