Clare Hall Life Member Ben de Souza is a British choral conductor, accordionist and educator. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music (2014-2018) as a classical accordionist, studying with Owen Murray, and also holds an MMus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge (2018-2019).
Ben is currently Choir Director at Clare Hall, Musical Director of Farnham & Bourne Choral Society, and also works with choirs at the John Lewis Partnership, Finchley Children’s Music Group and Taplow Youth Choir.
As a choral singer, Ben has sung with the award-winning Taplow Youth Choir and Magdalene College Chapel Choir, Cambridge, and held a choral scholarship with King’s Voices, Cambridge. He has performed in some of Europe’s most prestigious choral music venues, including La Basilica di San Marco (Venice), Montserrat Monastery, Barcelona Cathedral, St George’s Chapel, Southwark Cathedral and King’s College, Cambridge, and has also appeared on recordings with a handful of the country’s finest choirs including the Gabrieli Consort, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and Voces8.
Ben is one of a growing number of young British accordionists at the forefront of promoting the instrument in this country. He is a regular recitalist and chamber musician and has performed extensively throughout England. He has collaborated with West Forest Sinfonia Chamber Ensemble, as well as with composition students at the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban and the University of Cambridge, and has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy.
You can keep up-to-date with Ben’s work at www.facebook.com/desouzaaccordion.