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Ben Lewis-Smith photograph

Recent appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

At University of Reading, 8th November, 2014 for Howard Goodall: Eternal Light and John Rutter: Mass of the Children

At University of Reading, 21st March, 2015 for Rossini: Petite Messe Solenelle

At Sindlesham Court, Wokingham, 13th June, 2015 conducting the Summer Concert

Ben Lewis-Smith           WCS Accompanist

Recent seasons have seen Benedict Lewis-Smith perform at the Royal Festival Hall, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and play for a masterclass at the National Opera Studio as répétiteur. Benedict continues to work with some of the world's leading choral and operatic establishments in concert and on disc. Internationally, Benedict is regularly invited to play in the Victoria International Arts Festival, in Gozo, Malta, and recent tours include Rome, Antwerp and Ghent. As a répétiteur, he recently played for an Italian masterclass at the National Opera Studio, under the baton of Mark Shanahan, and has previously worked with Co-Opera Co and alongside the London Handel Players as a continuo player. He is currently working on La Traviata with Opera Lyrica, to be performed in the 20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill.

Following on from a degree in Music at The University of Oxford, Benedict is now much in demand as a conductor. He conducted Le Nozze di Figaro in the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford and recently recorded a disc with the digital label, Resonus Classics. Future performances include a Summer programme with Wokingham Choral Society.

Previously, Benedict directed the music at St. George's School, Windsor Castle. As a DfES funded specialist musician at Wells Cathedral School, from 2004-2006, Benedict feels that opportunities to sing and experience music play a crucial role in the development of young people and he has worked with Oxford Youth Choir, Taplow Youth Choir and recently was a piano accompanist in the Barnardo's National Choir Competition.

Ben was appointed to be the WCS Accompanist from September, 2015.

August 2015