About our Director, Benedict Preece
Benedict Preece is principally a conductor, passionate about working with both singers and instrumentalists. He is currently Music Director of Caritas Chamber Choir, East Bridge Chorale and Sandwich Concert Band and has recently been appointed Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2017-2018.
He began his career as a Chorister of Canterbury Cathedral and continues to sing in the choir as a Deputy Tenor Lay Clerk. At Trinity College of Music, London, he specialised in horn and natural horn under tutelage of Roger Montgomery and subsequently with Anthony Halstead. As an organist, Benedict studied with Dr. David Flood and both organ and composition with Neil Wright. A keen composer, many of his choral works are performed by Caritas as well as choirs from Sweden, the Netherlands and the USA with whom he has developed strong links. Benedict has developed his orchestral conducting technique with Stephen Portman (a former student of Monteux and Szell) and on Peter Stark’s renowned courses.
He maintains a busy schedule with all his ensembles. Caritas Chamber Choir is regularly engaged to deputise for Canterbury Cathedral Choir in holiday times, singing 25 services, as well as 13 concerts, raising funds for a variety of charities. Recent performances have taken place in Lille Cathedral and the Netherlands, and in October he has been invited to conduct in Madrid, followed by a tour to Sweden (with Hagamotettkör) in the Spring.
The first final of the Caritas International Young Composer Competition, which attracted entries from three continents, was held at the Colyer Ferguson Hall in July. The renowned US composer, David Conte, was judge, selecting. Sarah Cattley’s brilliant and inventive The Pardoner’s Tale as the winner. In the next year, Benedict will also direct exciting collaborations with Canterbury’s Festival Chamber Orchestra and Kent Sinfonia