Benedict is an engaging and enthusiastic conductor who is passionate about bringing a great variety of music to all people at any level. His work at the University of Birmingham as an instrumental conductor saw him working with hundreds of different musicians.
Benedict has recently been appointed as the Musical Director of the Oxford University Press Choir, taking over from Malcolm Pearce. He is looking forward to working with the choir from the start of the new year.
Before graduating, Benedict most notably conducted the Music Society's 150-player Wind Band for two years, enabling instrumentalists of any standard to perform symphonic wind repertoire and orchestral arrangements to a remarkably detailed level in exciting and high-quality concerts. Alongside this, he took great delight in conducting the String Orchestra, helping develop the group in their early stages in the society.
Benedict assisted fellow conductors at the university, deputising for society and departmental ensembles, including for Daniele Rosina - with whom he studied orchestral conducting - in rehearsals with the university Symphony Orchestra, and Proms Orchestra. Benedict also observed masterclasses and rehearsals with Simon Halsey, Simon Carrington, John Wilson, Ed Gardner, Donald Runnicles and Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla.
At the University of Birmingham, Benedict's first engagement as a choral conductor was with the Summer Festival Voices, for which he directed their concert in the Barber institute of Fine Arts. He has since worked with SSA Chamber Choir, and as a sectional leader for many other student-led choirs. Benedict takes great pleasure in directing choirs of all standards, promoting healthy singing technique to achieve excellent performances.
In 2016 Benedict directed the Oxfordshire Festival Orchestra, the programme for which included a new student commission depicting the challenges of living with mental health. Due to his choral expertise, he was subsequently appointed as chorus master for a concert later that year between the Oxfordshire Festival Orchestra and Festival Chorus.
As a freelance conductor, Benedict enjoys working with both choirs and instrumental ensembles in Birmingham and Oxford, sharing his passion for music with hundreds of different people. Over the last year, he has worked with the Northfield Notes Community Choir, the City of Wolverhampton Community Choir, and the City of Oxford Silver Band.