Ben Sawyer is quickly gaining an enviable reputation as a dynamic conductor and choir trainer, always able to draw the best from his singers.
Having left his job as Head of Music at Tewkesbury School in August 2012, he has been in regular demand to lead workshops, start new choirs and conduct existing ones. He has been Chorus Master for Gloucestershire Music’s Massed Chorus of 500 students which performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the ‘Music For Youth’ in November 2012. This has led to him being a founder conductor of Gloucestershire Youth Choir. Ben was also Assistant Conductor for Cheltenham Festival’s production of Benjamin Britten’s community opera, ‘Noye’s Fludde’, as well as regularly conducting Hanley Voices and Tyndale Choral Society. Ben is Musical Director of the award winning amateur chamber choir, The Oriel Singers, based in Cheltenham.
Aside from conducting, Ben sings countertenor. He is a member of the international award winning male voice a cappella group, The Songmen. With The Songmen, he has toured America, China, much of Europe and the UK. He is also the group’s composer-in-residence and has had a number of his compositions and arrangements played on national radio. Ben has been a lay clerk at Birmingham and Gloucester Cathedrals and sings with Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, as well as being in demand as a countertenor soloist. Ben also is Vocal Tutor to the choristers of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, based at Dean Close Preparatory School in addition to teaching singing and leading vocal groups at Dean Close School.
Ben lives in Tewkesbury with his wife Catherine, his two teenage stepsons, and two-year-old Sophie, who is happy to sing along whenever Daddy practises.
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