Ben Rowarth – Singer – Conductor

Ben began his musical life as a chorister at Hexham Abbey where he later went on to sing bass and became organ scholar for year 2009-2010. Ben went on to complete a music degree at Durham University singing with and conducting numerous choirs both in and outside of Durham. Having graduated from Durham University in 2013 Ben went on to complete a Master’s Degree at York University specialising in solo-voice ensemble singing with Robert Hollingworth, and graduating with distinction. Ben now performs regularly as a Baritone soloist, recently playing the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galetea and Plutone in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and in a number of ensembles around the UK including The OAE, I Fagiolini and The BBC Singers.

Following his Organ Scholarship at Hexham Abbey and having founded and conducted the chamber choir ‘Cantata’ in Newcastle in 2009, Ben went on to become ‘Interim Director of Music’ in University College Durham in 2011.  Having also spent time conducting University College Orchestra in Durham and guest conducting a number of choirs in the North East and around London, he now manages and conducts ‘Renaissance’.

Ben is also well known as a composer; winner of the NCEM Composers Award (2012) and Leeds International Film Festival Best Documentary Soundtrack (2013). He has received numerous international commissions and performances including from Merton College Oxford (2014) and York Minster (2015). Following commissions for extended orchestral works from the Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra and Durham University Symphony Orchestra, his 2016 commission The Turn, has received multiple repeat performances and a commercial recording. Ben has also composed two live soundtracks for plays receiving exceptional reviews. 

His work has received regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, including by internationally acclaimed ensemble ‘The Tallis Scholars’. Ben’s work has been commercially recorded by ‘ORA’, ‘The Rodolfus Choir’, ‘Fieri Consort’. He is currently working on commissions from the LFCCM, ‘Ensemble XY’ and ‘Fulham Camerata’, where Ben holds the position of Composer in Residence.

For more details of Ben’s compositions, please visit his new website:



Renaissance, a new and exciting vocal ensemble, founded in 2011 by Ben Rowarth and a number of then Durham University students, now performing all over the UK and appearing on BBC Radio 3 in 2012.


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