Thursday, 15 November 2018

Maestro who intends to make Henley sing

BENJAMIN GOODSON is by anybody’s reckoning a very talented musician. He has sung as a choral scholar with the Choir of St Peter’s College, Oxford and is now a professional chorister at St Albans Cathedral. But despite his pedigree he is convinced that everybody can — and should — sing.

He is now also, at the grand old age of 23, the new musical director of Henley Choral Society — he took over from Will Dawes last autumn — and it’s his mission to not only improve a choir that he says is already “extraordinary” but to recruit lots of new singers, particularly men and young people.

“Absolutely anyone can sing,” says the conductor who took up the baton for Henley last autumn.

“I auditioned a lady the other day — not for Henley but for another group — and she was told she had a horrible voice at school and couldn’t sing. In fact, she was brilliant.

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