Benjamin’s aim is to bring high-quality musical experiences to all, as audience members and performers. He trains with Paul McGrath (English Touring Opera) and Toby Purser (English National Opera) and is mentored by Mark Heron (Royal Northern College of Music). Benjamin is a strategic arts leader, having initiated and led a wide range of artistic projects as conductor, translator and facilitator. Recent work includes translating and conducting Carmen for the Warwick Arts Centre, and an award-nominated translation of Don Giovanni for Hampstead Garden Opera. Benjamin is a Springboard Artist at the Belgrade Theatre where his opera company, HighTime, is in residence. He is Head of Boys Singing at King Henry VIII School and is the Musical Director for the Hampton Singers and Ex Urbe Chamber Choir. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick.
Dan Galbreath learnt the violin and viola. He attended the University of Wyoming, studying viola, composition and conducting. He has a MMus in Choral Conducting from Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is currently undertaking a PhD in improvisation in choirs. Dan is also the Conductor of the Midlands Chorale, founding director of Via Nova, and Musical Director for the Waste Paper Opera Company.
Alex Leadbeater was a singer and cellist before becoming a Music Scholar at Trinity School, Croydon. He has performed in opera at ENO, Glyndebourne and in Venice. Alex studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester Metropolitan Music, and has a BMus(Hons) and PGCE in Secondary Music with Specialist Instrumental Teaching. Alex is Assistant Director of Music at The Warriner School, Bloxham.
Mark Penrose, from Brisbane, Australia, is a trained opera singer and teacher with a BMus, a BMusSt(Hons I) and a BEd(Sec). He studied at the Queensland Conservatorium and University of Queensland, and also plays the piano and alto saxophone. Mark has had a long association with choral singing, singing in choirs since a young boy, and working with school choirs for over a decade. He is currently Director of Performing Arts at Bilton Grange Prep School.
Accompanist: Julian Grimshaw studied at the University of Wales, holds a master's and a doctorate from New College, Oxford, and specialises in 16th century choral music. A tutor for Warwickshire Music, Julian is in great demand as an accompanist for a variety of adult singers and youth groups.
Warwickshire Choristers aims to encourage all boys and young men to discover their voices and experience the joy of singing. We achieve this through our support and development of open access countywide choirs for boys from primary age through to young adult.