In addition to his work as an accompanist, chamber musician and orchestral player, Benjamin’s concert programmes are an appealing addition to a concert season. Combining singers and instrumentalists, interpretation and improvisation, these unique programmes bridge the gap between early music, modern composition, popular song and poetry. Detailed programme information available on request.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE CITY
Music and poetry from Shakespeare’s time combined and contrasted with appealing modern settings of Shakespeare’s greatest poetry.
DANCING ACROSS BAROQUE EUROPE
Instrumental and vocal dances of the European Baroque - tarantellas, ruggerios and chaconnes.
JAM SESSION WITH BACH
A selection of Bach's instrumental works combined with improvisations upon the Baroque ground basses and Lutheran Hymns that helped shape Bach's musical language (to be premiered February 2012).
FROM DOWLAND TO DYLAN
Designed for student audiences, this demonstration/concert explores the connections between Renaissance and Baroque lute music and modern popular song, tracing the origins of the modern guitar backward to the lute, and using musical examples as diverse as Steppenwolf, the Coasters, John Dowland and Bellerofonte Castaldi.