Sub-Organist & Assistant Director of Music

Jan 2016 – May 2017 : Ben Horden

Ben pursues a diverse career as a keyboard player and choral conductor. From January 2016 to May 2017, he was Sub-Organist and Assistant Director of Music at The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, London’s oldest surviving church, where he accompanied the professional choir under the direction of Rupert Gough.

In January 2016, Ben graduated with a Masters degree from the University of York; one of the highest ever awarded in the field. His studies with Professor Peter Seymour focused on Baroque performance practice and, more specifically, the ways in which the music of Johann Sebastian Bach has been influenced by French, Italian and German cultures and practices and the work of those countries' leading composers. Ben has previously held a number of positions at Peterborough, Sheffield and Ripon Cathedrals, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, St Matthew’s Church Northampton and York Minster, where he accompanied the eminent Minster Choir under the direction of Robert Sharpe in services and concerts. He also accompanied the Choir on their disc, An Ebor Epiphany – Epiphany Sunday at York Minster, released on the Regent label.

In his capacity as a freelance musician, Ben often collaborates with singers, instrumentalists and ensembles as an accompanist and continuo player. He has appeared regularly with ensembles in York, including the University Choir, Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble as well as the distinguished Yorkshire Bach Soloists and Yorkshire Bach Choir. Ben's solo organ recital career to date has taken him throughout the UK, most recently appearing at the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival with a programme of French Baroque organ music.

Ben also directs his own vocal ensemble, which, although cultivated in York, now has its home and base in London. The group made their London debut with Bach’s great Motets in 2013, returning to the capital to perform Duruflé's Requiem and works by Debussy and Poulenc at the Temple Church in 2014. The ensemble looks forward to its re-launch as a solo vocal and instrumental ensemble in the New Year, specialising in the historically informed performance of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

This information was accurate as at May 2017

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