Ben on NYCGB:

"Perhaps one of the most inspiring aspects of NYCGB is our ability to enable young people to fulfil their passion and potential as singers. The pride each young person takes in their membership of our choirs, engaging fully in whatever they are setting out to achieve, is palpable and a ringing endorsement of our aims and objectives.

Over my career so far I have worked with choirs of all ages and abilities - amateur, professional, youth, adult, ecclesiastical and ad hoc - and it’s fair to say that the NYCGB family of choirs offers the broadest spectrum of opportunities and activities, designed to inspire and encourage young musicians at whatever level of their vocal development. I am equally happy seeing one of our members graduate from NYCGB into the music industry as a professional singer as I am a member of the junior choirs taking to the stage for the first time in their first concert. And regardless of their age or background, it's so gratifying to see them developing a love of choral singing in the same way that I did myself."

For NYCGB

Ben is Artistic Director of NYCGB, a post he took up in 2012. He leads the artistic team and is Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choir and National Youth Chamber Choir. He is responsible for coordinating the artistic strategy of the organisation and most recently devised the NYCGB Fellowship Programme.

Other activity

Directorships

Assistant Director of Music, King’s College, Cambridge; Co-director, London Voices; Music Director, Aldeburgh Voices

Conducting highlights

Britten St Nicolas for BBC Radio 3 Britten 100 weekend; London Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios; Chorusmaster for Sir Paul McCartney, Carnegie Hall, New York; Youth Messiah, Royal Albert Hall; Guest Conductor, BBC Singers

Educational work

Youth Messiah, BBC Choir of the Year, teaching, adjudicating and workshops worldwide.

Other

Composer of choral music (Peters Edition) and library/commercial music (Audio Network)

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