about this event
Born in Wales, Ben studied with Sharon McKinley and Alexander Baillie before attending the Yehudi Menuhin School to study with Thomas Carroll. He received a Scholarship to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Louise Hopkins, kindly supported by Help Musicians UK and The Countess of Munster Trust. Ben is a Concordia Foundation Artist, a Park Lane Group Artist and a Yeomen of The Worshipful Company of Musicians; regularly performing for these organisations in major London venues.
In 2016, Ben was selected as a Fellow to participate in the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles. In November that year, he performed Schumann’s Cello Concerto with The Guildhall Symphony Orchestra for The LSO’s Donatella Flick Conducting Competition Semi-Finalists.
Ben has performed in venues and Festivals such as Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly Church, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, Wales Millennium Centre, Cowbridge Music Festival, Casa da Musica in Porto, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Muziekegebouw in Amsterdam and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He has played in masterclasses for Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch, Heinrich Schiff and has had chamber music coaching with Andras Keller, Rita Wagner, Ralf Gothoni, The Takacs Quartet, The Brentano Quartet, The Gould Piano Trio and The Endellion Quartet.
He was selected as one of the three 2020 Guildhall Gold Medal Finalists, resulting in the opportunity to perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto with The Guildhall Symphony Orchestra.
Ben is Artistic Director of the Llantwit Major Chamber Music Festival, cello teacher at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and regularly performs Chamber Music Concerts across Wales for Sinfonia Cymru.
Lunchtime concerts at Cranleigh Arts
Enjoy fine chamber music during daylight hours in our series of lunchtime concerts. We look forward to a vibrant selection of performances by local professionals in the intimate setting of our Jack Wagg auditorium. Seating will be cabaret style, and performances a maximum of 40 minutes long.
For those unable to attend in person, there is the option to watch the concert online as part of our Cranleigh Arts Online offering via this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eosiMiAqP7c
Cranleigh Arts is a charitable community arts venue. We are delighted to present this series of live performance for the enjoyment of all.
If you wish to support our work, you are invited to give generously by means of retiring collection in favour of Cranleigh Arts (reg charity no. 284186) or via the website https://www.cranleighartscentre.org/donations/
This classical lunchtime series is supported by Informed Choice Financial Planning.
J.S. Bach Cello Suite No 3 in C Major 24′
John Taverner Thrinos 5′
Henri Dutilleux Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher 10′