Having previously held a number of prestigious cathedral positions, Ben is now reading for an MA in music at the University of York, where he has been awarded both the accompanist and continuo assistantships. Ben’s studies with Professor Peter Seymour focus on Baroque performance practice and, more specifically, the ways in which the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and in particular his output for the organ, has been influenced by French, Italian and German cultures and practices and the work of the countries’ leading composers.
As Organ Scholar of York Minster from 2010-2012, Ben accompanied the eminent Minster Choir under the direction of Robert Sharpe in services and concerts. He also accompanied the Choir on their disc, An Ebor Epiphany – Epiphany Sunday at York Minster, released on the Regent label. Ben has held a series of other positions at Peterborough Cathedral, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, and as Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. Here, he continued the distinguished choral tradition and under his direction the choir gave the first performance of a commissioned mass by David Bednall to critical acclaim.
As a freelance musician, Ben peruses a diverse career as a keyboard player and conductor, appearing regularly at venues throughout the UK. Ben often collaborates with singers, instrumentalists and ensembles as an accompanist and continuo player. He regularly appears with ensembles on home turf in York, including the University Choir, Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble as well as the distinguished Yorkshire Bach Choir, with whom he has recently performed Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, in its piano duet version, and Liebeslieder Walzer. Ben’s solo recital career to date has taken him throughout the UK, most recently performing at York Minster, Royal Holloway, University of London and at Ripon Cathedral. In 2015, Ben’s recital diary includes a performance of French Baroque Organ Music on the Gant, Degens and Bradbeer organ of the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall as part of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival.
Ben also directs his own chamber choir, Spectrum, who although primarily promoting a series of York concerts, have recently made their London debut as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival, performing the pinnacle of the Baroque choral repertoire, Bach’s great Motets. In addition to local appearances, their next season sees a return to the capital to perform Duruflé’s Requiem and works by Debussy and Poulenc at the Temple Church.
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