Benjamin is a passionate educator and a true believer that education should be as imaginative, funny and inspiring as possible. It should unlock individuals’ brains and give them motivation and self-confidence. Learning can happen at any age. We should encourage ideas and not give in to staid realism. Music, alongside other art forms, is one way to foster this creativity. It does not need goals and it never ends. Process is more important than exam results.
Ben was first given the opportunity to teach aged ten, teaching other choristers in his parish church choir. During his year abroad in Vienna, he worked for Das Wiener Kindertheater under the direction of Sylvia Rotter, and learnt a completely fresh and liberating approach to education with her as mentor.
Having worked at Colet Court School in Barnes from 2012-13, he took part in a training day with Eastside Educational Trust in London and was introduced to the work of exciting education pioneers like Ken Robinson, and has worked ever since in the mold that there is no one way to teach a child, and that fresh approaches are required daily when teaching. It is an extremely rewarding and, at many times, highly entertaining and amusing profession.
Ben began the Children’s Choirs of St. John the Divine church in Kennington in 2013 by running workshops in local primary schools. He now sees 70 children from the local area each week, aged from 5-13. The goal is to share wonderful music with the children, and introduce the huge variety of ways in which music can be performed. The children also have the opportunity to perform regularly in the church and to conduct their peers. Ben also runs the singing education program for Westminster Cathedral, where he runs a team of five animateurs who visit catholic primary schools all over London. The team strives to make music and singing relevant to the children’s lives, and also ensuring that it complements their wider education, thus rendering it more fun and salient.
Ben adores music. From individual lessons to one-off workshops in schools or village halls, from Wigmore Hall to folk nights in the pub, he is always looking for more chances to share music with others.