Ben Rowarth

Ben began his musical life as a chorister at Hexham Abbey where he later went on to sing bass and became organ scholar for year 2009-2010. Currently a second year music student at Durham University, and studying under Miranda Wright, Ben sings with a number of choirs both in and outside of Durham. He is a Choral Scholar at University College and sings with the University Chamber Choir and Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers. He is also a member of ‘Suspirans’, a semi-professional chamber choir based in the North East, and The Rodolfus Choir and has toured and deputised internationally as a bass.

Having had previous conducting experience with his organ scholarship and through founding and conducting the chamber choir ‘Cantata’ in Newcastle in 2009, Ben took up the post of ‘Interim Director of Music’ in University College for a brief period in 2011.  Having also spent time conducting University College Orchestra, he is currently the assistant director of Durham Polyphony whilst, of course, managing and conducting ‘Renaissance’.

As a composer, Ben specialises in Choral Music and has premiered many of his works with ‘Renaissance’ this year. Ben has twice been commissioned to compose music for theatre and his soundtracks to ‘Dr. Faustus’ and ‘The Bacchae’ were both performed in Durham in 2011, receiving exceptional reviews. After winning the prize for best documentary soundtrack at Leeds twenty-four hour Film Festival last year, Ben is currently working on a further two commissions for two short films under the direction of David Anthony Thomas, one of which will be premiered at Cannes and Paris film festivals later in 2012. Ben has most recently won the NCEM Composers Award which has led to his work being performed in concert by Peter Philips and The Tallis Scholars and broadcast on BBC radio 3.

 

 

Ben Rowarth

Ben began his musical life as a chorister at Hexham Abbey where he later went on to sing bass and became organ scholar for year 2009-2010. Currently a second year music student at Durham University, and studying under Miranda Wright, Ben sings with a number of choirs both in and outside of Durham. He is a Choral Scholar at University College and sings with the University Chamber Choir and Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers. He is also a member of ‘Suspirans’, a semi-professional chamber choir based in the North East, and The Rodolfus Choir and has toured and deputised internationally as a bass.

Having had previous conducting experience with his organ scholarship and through founding and conducting the chamber choir ‘Cantata’ in Newcastle in 2009, Ben took up the post of ‘Interim Director of Music’ in University College for a brief period in 2011.  Having also spent time conducting University College Orchestra, he is currently the assistant director of Durham Polyphony whilst, of course, managing and conducting ‘Renaissance’.

As a composer, Ben specialises in Choral Music and has premiered many of his works with ‘Renaissance’ this year. Ben has twice been commissioned to compose music for theatre and his soundtracks to ‘Dr. Faustus’ and ‘The Bacchae’ were both performed in Durham in 2011, receiving exceptional reviews. After winning the prize for best documentary soundtrack at Leeds twenty-four hour Film Festival last year, Ben is currently working on a further two commissions for two short films under the direction of David Anthony Thomas, one of which will be premiered at Cannes and Paris film festivals later in 2012. Ben has most recently won the NCEM Composers Award which has led to his work being performed in concert by Peter Philips and The Tallis Scholars and broadcast on BBC radio 3.

 

 

About:

Choir speciallising in the old and new