Ben de Souza is a British choral conductor, accordionist and singer.
He is the Founding Director of the choir at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and is currently Musical Director of Farnham & Bourne Choral Society and Newbury Chamber Choir, and works with Taplow Choirs. Ben is also Director of Music at Earley St Peter’s church, Reading. He has previously worked with choirs at the John Lewis Partnership, Finchley Children’s Music Group, and All Souls Langham Place, among others. Ben also regularly deputises as a conductor and singer for choirs across the south of England.
As a choral singer Ben has sung with the award winning Taplow Youth Choir (Gillian Dibden MBE) and Magdalene College Chapel Choir, Cambridge (Graham Walker), and held a choral scholarship with King’s Voices, Cambridge (Ben Parry). He has recorded with a handful of the country’s finest choirs including the Gabrieli Consort (Paul McCreesh), the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge (Sir Stephen Cleobury), and VOCES8. Ben has studied singing with Alexander Ashworth and Richard Edgar-Wilson.
His credits as a bass/baritone soloist include performances of Haydn’s The Creation, Jenkins’ The Armed Man, and Faure’s Requiem.
Ben holds an MMus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he studied conducting with some of the world’s leading choral musicians including Stephen Layton, Graham Ross, Andrew Nethsingha and Sarah MacDonald.
Ben completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music as a classical accordionist, studying with Owen Murray, and continues to have an active accordion career across England as a recitalist and teacher. He has performed at venues throughout the UK and has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He currently holds accordion teaching positions at Salisbury Cathedral School and The Purcell School.
When not involved in something musical Ben can be found volunteering at Didcot Railway Centre, building finescale model railways, or doing anything football-related.