Daniel Curtis and Laura Curtis (née Coyne) are composers and musicians. As composers, they are best known for writing “A Miner’s Song”, which featured over 300 performers including; Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, Paul Potts, John Owen Jones, Matthew Rhys, Aled Jones, Ioan Gruffudd, Joe Calzaghe and the voice of the late Richard Burton amongst many others. The song was launched before the Wales v England game on the 16th March 2013 in aid of the Welsh National Mining Memorial. Daniel and Laura also received National coverage for taking a piano 300 feet underground into Big Pit in Blaenafon, South Wales to perform a concert in tribute to fallen miners.
Daniel and Laura released a song for the BBC Children in Need 2013 appeal called “Why Am I Falling” with Ramin Karimloo. They are currently working on an album called “Love on 42nd Street” which will be released in March 2014. The album will feature songs by West End and Broadway stars including; Lea Salonga, Samantha Barks, Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, John Owen Jones and Simon Bowman. They are also currently working on a musical based on the life of Richard Burton due to be in London in late 2015.
Daniel and Laura also specialize in performing American show tunes from the first half of the 20th century (also known as Standards, or the Great American Songbook). Prior to their marriage they performed under the name “Curtis and Coyne.”
They have made numerous television appearances including S4C‘s Wedi 3, the BBC One Show, Songs of Praise and X Ray. Their radio appearances include BBC Radio 2,BBC Radio 3, BBC Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Merseyside, and BBC Radio Wales. They have performed at venues that include London‘s Trafalgar Square(as part of West End Live 2011), the 2010 Welsh Proms at St David’s Hall, the BAFTA Awards, and the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Florida.
The two have recently joined forces with Dischromatics to embark on a new project; a record label designed specifically for classical crossover artists. The label, Dischro Media, will use Shabbey Road Studios to do all of its recording and will launch in March 2014.
They have launched two projects to help preserve the Great American Songbook: one to teach schoolchildren about the music, composers, and artists in the hope of inspiring them to keep the music alive; and one to record elderly people’s recollections of what the music has meant to them.