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 performs from a 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 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 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 the Accompanist to the King's Lynn Festival Chorus and an Associate of the Come and Sing Company.
Ben is also Artistic Director of his own ensemble, The Early Music Collective, founded by him only this year. EMC brings together some of the country's finest young singers and musicians, united in their passion and affinity for early music. The ensemble will 'roll out' over a series of concerts and events, the first of which is on Saturday 18th November. To visit the ensemble's own website, click here.