Our director: Benedict Preece

Benedict Preece is principally a conductor, passionate about working with both singers and instrumentalists. He is currently Music Director of Caritas Chamber Choir, East Bridge Chorale and Sandwich Concert Band and has recently been appointed Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2017-2018.

Benedict is the 2017 - 2018 Genesis Sixteen conducting scholar with Harry Christopher’s distinguished ensemble, the Sixteen.

Here is their announcement:

“We are very pleased to announce that Benedict Preece has been chosen as our 2017 - 2018 Genesis Sixteen conducting scholar. A recent graduate of Canterbury Christ Church Cathedral Benedict has a passion for conducting both choral and instrumental groups, and is currently Music Director of Caritas Chamber Choir, East Bridge Chorale and Sandwich Concert Band. We are very much looking forward to working with him over the next 12 months.”

You can learn more about The Sixteen by visiting their website at thesixteen.com or their Facebook page.

Benedict began his career as a Chorister of Canterbury Cathedral and continues to sing in the choir as a Deputy Tenor Lay Clerk. At Trinity College of Music, London, he specialised in horn and natural horn under tutelage of Roger Montgomery and subsequently with Anthony Halstead. As an organist, Benedict studied with Dr. David Flood and both organ and composition with Neil Wright. A keen composer, many of his choral works are performed by Caritas as well as choirs from Sweden, the Netherlands and the USA with whom he has developed strong links. Benedict has developed his orchestral conducting technique with Stephen Portman (a former student of Monteux and Szell) and on Peter Stark’s renowned courses.  

He maintains a busy schedule with all his ensembles. Caritas Chamber Choir is regularly engaged to deputise for Canterbury Cathedral Choir in holiday times, singing 25 services, as well as 13 concerts, raising funds for a variety of charities. Recent performances have taken place in Lille Cathedral and the Netherlands, and in October he has been invited to conduct in Madrid, followed by a tour to Sweden (with Hagamotettkör) in the Spring. 

He recently directed the first Caritas International Young Composer Competition final at the Colyer Ferguson Hall at the University of Kent, Canterbury. The competition attracted entries from three continents, with the renowned US composer, David Conte, adjudicating the final which was won by Sarah Cattley. In the next year, Benedict will also direct exciting collaborations with Canterbury’s Festival Chamber Orchestra and Kent Sinfonia.

Another of Ben’s projects is the Emerging Composer Competition. You can read more about here.

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Ben’s “other” choir is Caritas Chamber Choir; for more about Caritas click on the logo, or here.