Executive Secretary (Facebook)
Like many violists, Ben began his musical journey on the violin. A mixture of teenage rebellion and hearing a good school friend play the Christmas Dance from Vaughan Williams’ Suite, convinced him to make the switch at 15. He has never looked back!
Ben studied music at the University of Huddersfield, studying viola with Helen Brackley Jones, and graduated in 2008. He continues to study with Sarah-Jane Bradley.
Ben now works as an Early Years Librarian, a job he finds incredibly rewarding. He loves sharing his passions for music and literature with the families in and around Calderdale. Ben is a member of the British Kodály Academy, and endeavours to apply Kodály’s principles of music education in all his sessions. In 2013, Ben has been awarded the Cecilia Vajda Memorial Scholarship to further his studies at the British Kodály Academy Summer School.
Ben plays with the renowned and inspiring Bolton Symphony orchestra. He continues his passion for chamber music with The Fields Quartet, who are opening the Brighouse festival in September. Previous engagements include playing for Patrick Stewart and the Queen. The Fields Quartet also accompanied the innovative 80′s Rock Band, The Lotus Eaters in their homecoming concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Ben loves his viola, made by Clifford Hoing in 1974! After being so inspired at The 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival, meeting such wonderful people, Ben can’t wait to start work for the British Viola Society, taking on the role of Executive Secretary looking after Facebook. Make sure you join our page everyone!