Benjamin Scott is in demand as a freelance musician throughout Kent and the UK. His work includes a busy teaching and performance schedule as an organist, accompanist and conductor.
As a teacher, he has built a successful schedule of private teaching at home and as the peripatetic piano and singing teacher at Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury. He has coached members of the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir and previous students have gone on to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Specialising in vocal physiology in the developing adolescent voice, Ben uses a combination of solfége and ‘real world’ musical situations to enhance his students’ learning; e.g. commissioning new compositions from his students to be performed by an ensemble Ben directs/accompanies or organising shared recitals for his students to perform in.
Ben has recently been appointed as the Director of Music at Pugin’s Church & Shrine of St Augustine, where the Latin mass is sung every Sunday to Gregorian chant. From September 2018, Ben shall be the conductor of Wingham Singers and Young Voices, spanning secular and sacred music from the earliest, to living composers. Organ recitals take him across the UK and have seen performances in cathedrals such as Westminster, Liverpool and Canterbury; he is now beginning to venture internationally.
Accompanying choirs has seen Ben appear at Colyer-Ferguson Concert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, several choir tours to English cathedrals (including Westminster Abbey) and BBC recordings. He also performs regularly for Canterbury Christ Church University as their ceremony musician and organist throughout the year.
Previously, he served his alma mater as their Director of Chapel Music and Organ Scholar, graduating with the Performance Prize in 2014. Now he is completing his Master of Music degree, studying the works of Jean Langlais, organ improvisation and Gregorian chant. He hopes to further his study with the diplomas offered by the Royal College of Organists, maybe taking on the Doctor of Music course one day…
Downtime for Ben includes a love of cooking, gardening and walking. Residing in the idyllic village of Goodnestone with his partner Isa and their cat, Espresso, makes the perfect compliment to the usual hustle and bustle!