Ben is an aspiring young artist pursuing a diverse career as an organist and conductor with a passion and affinity for seventeenth and eighteenth-century repertoires and, in particular, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
In January 2016, Ben graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of York with distinction (one of the highest marks ever awarded). His studies with Professor Peter Seymour focused on Baroque performance practice and, more specifically, the ways in which the music of Johann Sebastian Bach was influenced by French, Italian and German cultures and practices and the work of those countries’ leading composers.
Church music shaped much of Ben’s initial training and early career. He has previously held distinguished positions at Peterborough, Sheffield and Ripon Cathedrals, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, St Bartholomew the Great, London and York Minster, where he accompanied the distinguished 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.
In his capacity as a solo artist, Ben’s career to date has taken him to England’s finest cathedrals and churches. Although specialising in the performance of organ music of the Baroque, he has also performed wide-ranging repertoire best suited to the myriad styles of instruments in the venues in which he plays. Recent and forthcoming highlights include the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the London Handel Festival, Sainte-Radegonde, Poitiers and La Madeleine, Paris.
Ben often collaborates with singers, instrumentalists and ensembles as an accompanist and continuo player. He has accompanied many young aspiring singers in recitals of Baroque vocal music as well as art song and leider. Ben has appeared regularly with ensembles in York, including the University of York Choir, Chamber Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble, as well as the distinguished Yorkshire Bach Choir. Ben has also performed alongside Northern Sinfonia, Nevill Holt Opera and the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists.
Ben also directs his own vocal ensemble, which although cultivated in York now has its home and base in the south. The group made their London debut with Bach’s great Motets in 2013, returning to the capital to perform Duruflé’s Requiem and works by Debussy and Poulenc at the Temple Church in 2014. The ensemble looks forward to its re-launch as a solo vocal and instrumental ensemble in 2017, specialising in the historically informed performance of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.