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Benjamin Bayl

  • Conductor


Benjamin Bayl: Contemporary music also features in Benjamin Bayl’s repertoire. He recently made his first commercial disc as a conductor, recording works of Hindemith with the Britten Sinfonia for Signum Classics, which was awarded 5 stars in the BBC Music Magazine.

He also conducted the European premiere of Sir John Tavener's Lament for Jerusalem with the Orchestra of the City and has conducted works by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Elliott Carter, Judith Weir and Jonathan Dove. He recently made his Spanish debut conducting Hita’s Briseida at the Santiago Festival with La Grande Chapelle; and also made appearances with The King’s Consort, Iford Opera, Opera East, Gabrieli Consort and many concerts with Orchestra of the City as Music Director.
Benjamin has worked widely in the world of opera and oratorio as assistant conductor and has built up relationships with many important opera houses and conductors - most notably at Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg (Jephtha with Ivor Bolton), Copenhagen (Partenope with Lars Ulrik Mortensen), Sydney (Giulio Cesare with Richard Hickox), Teatro Real Madrid (Tamerlano with Paul McCreesh), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (Ariodante and L'incoronazione di Poppea with Harry Bicket), Opéra Comique (Carmen with Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Palau Les Arts, Valencia (1984 with Lorin Maazel) and several productions with Harry Christophers.

He also assisted McCreesh at Orquestra Nacional de España and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, was Chorus Master at Opera Holland Park for two seasons. He has been on the music staff for numerous productions at both Covent Garden and ENO, and was also assistant conductor for British Youth Opera, making his conducting debut in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, with Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He founded and conducts the dynamic period instrument ensemble, The Saraband Consort.

They recently made their Wigmore Hall debut and appeared in various festivals including the ?Martes Musicales’ Vitoria and ?Aste Nagusia’ Bilbao Festivals. He has worked extensively with Europe’s foremost early music groups including The Gabrieli Consort, The Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, HMSC, The King’s Consort, The Sixteen, Staatskapelle Halle, Ex Cathedra and Concerto Copenhagen, as well as Polyphony, Northern Sinfonia, RPO, LSO & CBSO.

Benjamin Bayl studied at King's College Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar. He is an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, National Opera Studio, Schola Cantorum Basel and The Royal Academy of Music where he studied conducting with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and George Hurst on the Sir Charles Mackerras Scholarship.