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Ben Woodward, Chetham's 1997-1999

Repetiteur and conductor, Germany

Organ, Piano, Clarinet

Ben sang in the Chamber Choir and played organ at Manchester Cathedral. He’s now a Repetitor mit Dirigierverpflichtung (repetiteur with conducting duties) at the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landestheater in Flensburg, Germany.

After school Ben became organ scholar at Trinity College Cambridge from 1999-2002. For the next two years he was Assistant Church Organist at Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut USA, and then Director of Music at St Mary’s Church, Stamford, Connecticut from 2004-2007. He returned to the UK as Director of Music at St John’s Fulham from 2007-18, and remains Artistic Director of Fulham Opera, with which he has been involved since 2011.

Ben’s still in contact with many people from Chetham’s. He particularly remembers performing a ‘quite special’ Tchaikovksy 6 at Lichfield Cathedral, and remembers school as a, “Hugely positive musical environment and experience. As an employer of singers now, I know that anyone with Chets on their CV will be a fine musician.”

Instruments: Keyboard, Woodwind

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