Music Director: Benedict Collins Rice
Known for his 'passionate, insightful, and inspiring conducting', Benedict has performed throughout Europe and America (from The Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall); recorded for several record labels, for BBC and NBC Television, the BFI, and has broadcast live on Radio 3.
He read music at Cambridge University, holding two conducting scholarships and working with all the university’s top ensembles. It was whilst at university that he founded The Facade Ensemble - a group specialising in 20th century chamber music which has since developed into a dynamic collective of young professionals whose performances are noted for their 'liberal seasoning of vivacity and wit'.
Benedict runs the choral conducting programme at Morley College where he is also Lecturer & Choir Tutor - running all the classical choral ensembles. He holds conducting posts with the Cambridge University Graduate Orchestra, Ipswich Chamber Choir, St Dominic's Haverstock Hill, Moving Chamber Choir, and is in demand as a guest conductor. Recent highlights include working with the Berlin Sinfonietta on part of a Beethoven Symphony Cycle and assisting Johannes Wildner on a recording project of the music of Braunfels with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He is also committed to music education and is Director of Choral Music at Tonbridge Grammar School.
For more information visit www.facadeensemble.co.uk/bcr-biography
Assistant Music Director: William Baldry
William Baldry has been Assistant Music Director at Ipswich Chamber Choir since September 2019. In this role he accompanies the choir for rehearsals and concerts. William is also Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, Accompanist to Stowmarket Chorale, Visiting Music Teacher of organ at Ipswich School and a busy freelance accompanist.
As an organist, William has performed live on BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio 3 and has appeared on BBC 1’s Songs of Praise. He has toured extensively to the USA and Europe with numerous choirs, performing in the Cathedrals and Churches of Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Prague, New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. William has performed on recordings on the Hyperion, Convivium and Acclaim labels as well on St Mary-le-Tower’s latest disc, ‘A New Song’.
William studied music, and held an organ scholarship, at Royal Holloway, University of London working closely with the renowned Choir of Royal Holloway. He has previously held posts at Rochester Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey, King’s School, Rochester and Dean Close School, Cheltenham.
Regularly in demand as a continuo player, William has performed on harpsichord and organ for many major choral works including Handel Messiah, Four Coronation Anthems, Bach Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, Haydn The Creation, Mozart Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria.
William also enjoys a busy life as an orchestral timpanist and percussionist performing regularly with Ipswich Symphony Orchestra, Wolsey Orchestra, Suffolk Sinfonia and Trianon Music Group.