Music Director: Benedict Collins Rice

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As a singer and an instrumentalist from a young age, Benedict is at home on the concert platform, the theatre pit and the choir stalls. Known for his 'passionate, insightful, and inspiring conducting', he has performed throughout Europe and America (from The Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall);  recorded for several record labels and the BFI, and 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 is head of the choral conducting programme at Morley College where he is also Lecturer & Choir Tutor - running a chamber choir and the Morley Choral Society. He holds the post of Chief Conductor of the Cambridge University Graduate Orchestra 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 community music-making and music education and is a Musical Director with the John Lewis Partnership, a Music Tutor at HMDT Music, and Director of Choral Music at Tonbridge Grammar School.


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