Ben is an aspiring young artist forging a diverse career as an organist, conductor and keyboardist 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 by the faculty). 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 some of England’s most highly regarded instruments. Although specialising in the performance of organ music of the Baroque, he performs from a wide-ranging repertoire best suited to the myriad styles of instruments at which he appears. Recent and forthcoming highlights include the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the London Handel Festival and La Madeleine, Paris.
2018 sees the genesis of two exciting projects, both currently in their early stages of conception: a debut commercial recording and a commission, both of which have the premise of juxtaposing the Baroque with the modern day. These projects will aim to champion Baroque organ music as a speciality and increase the awareness and importance of the organ and its repertoire within today’s music scene.
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 lieder. 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. He is currently Assistant Musical Director of the King's Lynn Festival Chorus and an Associate of the Come and Sing Company with whom he engages in a wide-ranging outreach programme.