Our Musical Director

Daniel Bennett

Dan’s infatuation with music began at age 8 when he started private piano lessons. Soon after he began playing guitar and singing in high school, music being by far his favourite subject.

Dan moved from his hometown of Moruya on the south coast of New South Wales to Canberra in 2009 to study for his Bachelor of Education: Secondary Teaching (Music), which he completed in 2013.

Dan teaches guitar, piano and voice privately and in schools around Canberra and is the Musical Director of The Canberra Chordsmen and Mixed Tape as well as Strange Weather Gospel Choir. He loves working with vocal ensembles, arranging, composing and recording.


Our Assistant Musical Director

Lucus Allerton


Lucus Allerton graduated from the ANU School of Music with Honours in Piano in 2013. He is yet to regret that, which makes him happy.

At the piano, Lucus enjoys ensemble and accompaniment work most of all, in 2012 winning the Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Prize, and reaching the Finals of the Sydney Eisteddfod's 2013 Victoria Jennifer Warren Piano Accompaniment Award. He has very much enjoyed a number of musical partnerships and ensemble memberships, both during and after his time at the School of Music, and cherishes the friendships that have arisen from these experiences.
Lucus hopes to continue finding opportunities to learn new music and skills, and, as of writing, is interested in learning more about art song, exploring its poetry, languages, history, styles, and collaborations.
Musically, he pops up here and there around Canberra. Perhaps give a wave and say hello if you see him.


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