Welcome to Ben England’s website.
Ben is an internationally renowned conductor, educator and innovator, who has received global acclaim for his pioneering work with online music-making. During the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, Ben founded homechoir – a new way of learning, singing and performing music in a safe and entertaining manner whilst social distancing. Under the label “Quarantine Choir”, Ben produced nearly 200 broadcasts and videos over five months which were delivered free of charge for the community. You can access the full Quarantine Choir archive (including all the videos and music) here: https://homechoir.uk
Following the success of the Quarantine Choir, Ben was appointed Musical Director of the Self-Isolation Choir (founded by inspirational business leader Mark Strachan) which in 2020 has grown to one of the largest choirs in the world. Their inaugural project Messiah at Home was produced with some of the world’s greatest musicians including Laurence Cummings, Carolyn Sampson and Jennifer Johnstone and gained international attention. Messiah at Home was featured on the national BBC Evening News, all the BBC radio stations, NHK (Japan) CBS (USA) and many more – and has become part of the official Wikipedia entry for Messiah. Since May, the Self-Isolation Choir has grown significantly and is currently learning Mendelssohn’s Elijah before an exciting programme of Christmas Music. You can read more here: https://www.theselfisolationchoir.com
Ben’s evening fun choir The Larks has taken its rehearsals of folk, pop and general larking about online, and you can find out more here: http://thelarks.org
Ben is a conductor for Grenville Jones’ Good Afternoon Choirs, and contributes to their fantastic GAC Online channel. You can find out more here: http://www.goodafternoonchoir.org