Benedict was the 2017 - 2018 Genesis Sixteen conducting scholar with Harry Christopher’s distinguished ensemble, the Sixteen. You can learn more about The Sixteen by visiting their website at thesixteen.com or their Facebook page.
Ben’s “other” choir is Caritas Chamber Choir; for more about Caritas click on the logo, or here.
Benedict is principally a conductor, passionate about working with both singers and instrumentalists. He maintains a busy schedule as Music Director of Caritas Chamber Choir, East Bridge Chorale and Sandwich Concert Band, and has recently been appointed Head of Keyboard and Chapel Organist at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School. He was Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2017-2018.
He began his career as a Chorister of Canterbury Cathedral and continues to sing as a Deputy Tenor Lay Clerk. At Trinity College of Music, London, he specialised in horn and natural horn under tutelage of Roger Montgomery and subsequently with Anthony Halstead. As an organist, Benedict studied with Dr. David Flood and both organ and composition with Neil Wright.
He has developed his orchestral conducting with Stephen Portman (a former student of Monteux and Szell) and with Peter Stark. He has recently had conducting engagements with both of Kent’s professional orchestras, Festival Chamber Orchestra and Kent Sinfonia. His main passion, choral conducting, has been developed under Eamonn Dougan and Harry Christophers, amongst others.
Recent performances have taken place both in the UK, Spain, France, The Netherlands and Sweden. Benedict is looking forward to developing his international links over the next few years and will continue to commission new and exciting works with Caritas, and raise money for charities and good causes with all his groups.