Benjamin Bayl is Artistic Director of Saraband Consort. Benjamin Bayl’s skill and flair for working with period ensembles, modern orchestras and opera houses has gained the support from many notable figures such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ivor Bolton, Iván Fischer, Harry Bicket and Lars Ulrik Mortensen to name a few. Engagements this season include a critically acclaimed Ariodante for English Touring Opera which followed debuts with Opera Australia (a new production of Orlando) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Last year he conducted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Sydney’s World Youth Day, in the presence of the Pope. He will end 2009 with performances of Bach's Christmas Oratorio for Symfoniorkestern Norrlandsoperan. Benjamin's tenure as Assistant Conductor to the Budapest Festival Orchestra came to a close last season, and he was for four seasons Assistant Artistic Director to the Gabrieli Consort. Having conducted Handel's Brockes Passion at the Wratislavia Festival in Poland, Benjamin will return there in the 2010/11 season.
He will be working with The English Concert in spring 2011 and his next opera project will be L'incoronazione di Poppea in 2011/12 in Copenhagen for the Nordic Early Opera Network.