Curriculum Vitae

Benedict Collins Rice

E-mail: 123bcr@gmail.com

 

03/04/18

Current Status
Conductor and Artistic Director: The Facade Ensemble (2012 - )

Specialising in 20th century chamber music through engaging programming. Promoted by Odradek Records and covered in the Guardian, Classic FM and Pianist Magazine, recent concerts include touring Schoenberg and Berg to Sheldonian Theatre Oxford, Cadogan Hall London and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge in February 2017. The past 12 months have also included critically acclaimed performances of Stockhausen; and a UK tour of Pärt’s Passio. Previous projects have included operas by Britten, Nyman, and Weir.

Choral Conducting & Choir Tutor / Lecturer: Morley College (2016 - )

Responsibilities include: choir training, conducting and accompanying. Recent highlights are the Brahms Requiem and the Martin Mass for Double Choir.

Director of Choral Music: Tonbridge Grammar School (2018 - )

Responsibilities include running the school's choirs for a range of performances each term (both external and internal), as well as running 'Music Mondays' group singing sessions in year group assemblies. Performances have included concerts, services, and also being selected to perform at finals of NFMY and BBC 2's Choir of the Year.

 

Conductor: Ipswich Chamber Choir  (2018 - )

Annual concert series of performances, workshops and tours. Recent highlights include the Bach B Minor Mass with the Geldart Ensemble.

Musical Director: Moving Chamber Choir (2018 - )

Annual concert series of performances, workshops and tours - recently to Salzburg.

Conductor: Our Lady Of The Rosary & St Dominic, Haverstock Hill (2018 - )

A large Catholic church and Diocesan Shrine served by the Dominican Friars. It serves as a Diocesan Shrine for the Archdiocese of Westminster, welcoming pilgrims from all over the United Kingdom as well as visitors from across the globe.

Conductor/Tutor: London Youth Conservatoire (2019 - )

Saturday Morning Music Programme for children aged 4 - 18. Responsibilities include running choirs, the school orchestra, supervising chamber music sessions, and tutoring musicianship skills.

 

Conductor: West Kent County Youth Orchestra and String Orchestra (2019 - )

Leading the termly cycle of rehearsals, concerts, residentials, and tours. Recent repertoire includes Sibelius 2.

Guest Conductor

 - 2019: Cambridge  Chorale, Aurai Quartet, Geldart Ensemble, Lydian Orchestra, Lydian Training Orchestra, The Chris Ingham Trio, Southbank Sinfonia, British Youth Opera, Rietman Singers

 - 2018: Berlin Sinfonietta, Halstead Choral Society, St Dominic's Haverstock Hill

 - 2017: St Stephen’s Gloucester Road, St Nicholas' Shepperton, I Dodici, The Hollywell Consort, Brighton Festival Chorus, Bury Symphony Orchestra, The Esterhazy Choir.

 - 2016: Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, RNCM String Ensemble, Ely Cathedral Choir.

 

Previous Experience
Assistant Conductor with British Youth Opera (2019)

Scoring a Century by David Blake and directed by Keith Warner. Role included Chorus Mastering, repetiteur work, vocal coaching, assisting Lionel Friend, and conducting the matinee performances.

Assistant to Johannes Wildner (2018)

 - "Benedict assisted me in a CD recording period with the BBC CO, including compositions by Walter Braunfels with very complicated and complex scores and I have to say, that he was a really big help, not only for me but also for the musicians in the orchestra as well as for the producer."

Musical Director: John Lewis  Partnership Musical Society (Chelmsford) (2018)

Running the Chelmsford branch office choir in events both for the branch community and festivals/competitions nationwide.

Chief Conductor: Cambridge University Graduate Orchestra (2016 - 2018)

Full season of concerts and outreach performances including world premiere commissions alongside symphonies, concertos and collaborations with choral societies, children's choirs, and a ballet company.

Shadowing
CBSO Chorus (2018)
- Shadowing Simon Halsey on Debussy's Le Martyre de saint Sébastien.
The Royal Opera House (2016)

 - Shadowing Mark Elder through rehearsals and performances of Chabrier's L'étoile.
 - Shadowing Antonio Pappano on Boris Godunov.

 - Shadowing Ingo Metzmacher on The Nose

Vocal, Choral & General Musicianship Coach: HMDT Music (2017 - 2018)

Youth music project twice winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Education. Specialising in Musical Theatre and incorporating choral and musicianship training as well as individual coaching (vocal, instrumental, and conducting).

Tenor Lay Clerk: Ely Cathedral (2015 - 2017)

 - Singing the regular cycle of Cathedral services. Regular tours, recordings and broadcasts.

The King's School, Ely: Music Theory/Chorister Tutor (2014-15)

 - Classroom teaching, music theory tutoring, running several school ensembles, frequent experience as Acting Head of Music, pastoral responsibilities at choristers' boarding house, coaching junior rowing.

Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra: Chief Conductor (2013-15)

 - Highlights inc. symphonies by Sibelius & Beethoven; concertos by Finzi & Chopin; ballet music by Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev; the 3rd UK performance of Lindberg's ‘EPXO’ and a sell out performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 as part of the orchestra's anniversary celebrations.

 

University of Cambridge (2011-15)

 - Conductor of Cambridge University Concert Orchestra (2013 - 2014)

 - Conductor of Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (2013 - 2014)

 - Cambridge University New Music Ensemble (2012 - 2015)

 - Cambridge University Opera Society (2012)

 - Pembroke College Orchestra (2011 - 2012)

 

St. Peter's Church, Didcot: Organist and Choirmaster (2010-11)

 - Regular cycle of sung Eucharists and Evensongs with repertoire from the 16th to the 21st century.

Prizes/Achievements

2019: West End debut conducting British Youth Opera

 

Feb 2017: Conducting debut at Cadogan Hall

 

June 2015: Debut at Carnegie Hall

 

Feb 2014: Conducts 3rd UK performance of Lindberg's 'EXPO'

2013: Appointed Scholar of the Queen's Conducting Programme

2013: Awarded CUMS conducting scholarship

2011: Awarded Instrumental Award Scholarship for chamber music (piano) from Cambridge University.

Skills

Pianist
Singer

Arranger/Composer

Typesetting/publishing/notation
Academic research and writing

Academic and Instrumental Tutoring

Classroom Teaching
Coxing

Languages

Conversational in French

Basic knowledge of Spanish

Education
Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

 - BA(Hons) in Music (2011 - 2014) including first class marks for composition and dissertation on Stockhausen.

 - MA Graduation March 2018

 

Conducting Courses and Master Classes

Prof. Johannes Wildner (Vienna University of Music and Arts) (2018)

 

Royal Northern College of Music: Short Conducting Course (2016)
- Mark Heron and Matthew Wood

- Including Competition success leading to concert with RNCM students.


Sherborne Summer School: The George Hurst Advanced Conductors' Course (2014)

Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Denise Ham, Toby Purser.

Queens' College Conducting Programme: Conducting Scholar (2013-14)

Concerts, masterclasses and Lessons with Tim Brown, Paul Brough, Greg Beardsell & Natalia Luis-Bassa.

Carlos Izcaray: Masterclass (2014)

Peter Stark: Conducting Course (2013)

Andrew Gourlay: Masterclass (2013)

Sing for Pleasure: Advanced Conducting Course (2013)

 - Dip.ABRSM in Music Direction

 - Studies with Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Manvinder Rattan

 - Shortlisted for the course prize.

Other Musical Experience

 

2010 - present

2010 - present