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: Emma Haggar
Emma has been playing the piano since the age of seven and has been working locally as a pianist, musical director, and piano teacher for the last 15 years. Her education includes a music diploma from the Open University and a foundation degree in Theology from the University of Winchester. Emma enjoys the challenge of playing a wide variety of styles and has a particular fondness for jazz and musical theatre, having worked with many local theatre groups. Emma has been involved with choirs since the age of 14 and currently runs two community choirs as well as accompanying other local choirs. Some highlights of her career so far include singing at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanying Ruthie Henshall and jamming with folk musicians in Ireland.