NYCGB Fellows 2021: Michael McCartan, Benedict Goodall, Shivani Rattan, Elizabeth Leather

Benedict Goodall

Benedict is an exciting and engaging young conductor and singer. Born and raised in Oxford, he grew up surrounded by choral and orchestral music, leading him to study Music at the University of Birmingham. There, he honed his conducting and singing skills, studying under world-class musicians. Passionate about inclusivity in music, he has directed many amateur choirs and instrumental ensembles, and enjoys bringing high-quality music-making to all. Benedict is currently the director of the Oxford University Press Choir, and newChoir Oxford. He also sings as a Stipendiary Clerk at Magdalen College, Oxford. Benedict is incredibly excited be working with NYCGB. 

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Elizabeth Leather

Born and raised near Birmingham, Elizabeth attended the Junior Conservatoire as a teenager, then studied Music at Merton College, Oxford, receiving a Choral Scholarship. Elizabeth later studied German in Berlin, whilst working with school and community music projects in the city. In 2018, Elizabeth co-founded Hesperos Choir in London, and assisted on choral programmes for young people, including Hackney Choral and the Junior Choral Courses. Elizabeth recently graduated with an MA in Choral Conducting from the University of Birmingham, and currently works as a choral conductor and animateur, helping to inspire children and young people throughout the UK with a passion for music.

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Michael McCartan

Michael McCartan grew up in Northern Ireland and began his musical studies at St.Colman’s College, Newry. He went on to study music at Trinity College Dublin, where he was a choral scholar with the chapel choir and a conductor of the music department’s chamber choir. Alongside teaching music performance and theory, he sings with Mornington Singers and is a Lay Vicar Choral with Christ Church Cathedral.

Shivani Rattan

Shivani Rattan is a recent graduate and former choral scholar of Royal Holloway where she was also the director of The Founder’s Choir in her final year. She trained as a choral conductor with Sing for Pleasure and was awarded an LRSM in Choral Direction in 2019. She is currently working for Brent Music Service as a Music Tutor, providing music lessons for primary school children. Alongside her musical pursuits she is a social media consultant, avid cook and activist for diversity and equality.

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