Artistic Director & Conductor
Ben Crick has established a reputation as an innovative and original conductor who is comfortable working with diverse and challenging repertoire; he is a former BBC Music Fellow. In recent years he has conducted concertos with Tasmin Little, Raphael Walfisch, Peter Donohoe, Nicholas Daniel, Jennifer Pike and Benjamin Frith as well as conducting Handel’s Messiah with Dame Emma Kirkby performing the soprano solos.
His orchestral repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary works with a special interest in music of the British 20th century. He is committed to new music, in 2015 he conducted 4 world premieres, whilst also passionate about discovering unknown music from previous centuries. Last season he conducted the first performance since 1780 of Phillip Heyes' oratorio The Judgement of Hermes, a 19th century oratorio which was prepared from the autograph by Dr Bryan White at Leeds University. He is as comfortable in the opera house as on the concert platform having given performances of Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, Cosi Fan Tutti, Dido and Aeneas and Der Fliegende Holländer.
He is the Artistic Director of Skipton Building Society Camerata and has been guest conductor with numerous other professional ensembles performing in venues such as Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Harewood House and the Royal Festival Hall. Outside the concert hall he has staged operas in pubs, commissioned and performed new works in shopping centres and run a chamber music series which exclusively performs in alternative venues. He has collaborated with people as diverse as the poet Ian McMillan, presenter Fiona Bruce, actor Ben Faulks (CBBC’s Mr Bloom) and Giles Brandreth. This approach has resulted in several national awards for both excellence in performance and audience development.
As well as his conducting career Ben is a visiting lecturer at several Universities, has written for Classical Music Magazine, Opera Now and Early Music Today, been an guest contributor on BBC radio 2 and 3 programmes and arranges music for many societies including the Royal School of Church Music.
Future engagements include performing the Shostakovich 1st Cello Concerto with Raphael Walfisch and the Finzi Clarinet Concerto with Emma Johnson.