Benedict Rogerson is a member of both the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. He enjoys freelancing with the John Wilson Orchestra and previously spent ten years in Irish Chamber Orchestra . With the ICO he toured all over the world and gave concerts with artists including Maxim Vengerov, Steven Isserlis, Anthony Marwood and Nigel Kennedy.
His life with the BBCCO involves an eclectic range of music making, giving concerts and recording music for TV, radio and CD. Amongst the artists they have worked with over the last few months are Michael Ball, Gary Barlow, Kylie Minogue, Sinead O’Connor and Dame Edna Everidge.
Professional higlights include “Peter Grimes”, and the Terry Gilliam directed “Damnation of Faust”, at English National Opera, “Tosca” and “Peter Grimes” at the St Endellion Festival, and performing as soloist in Shostakovitch’s 1st Cello Concerto, conducted by Richard Hickox.
Ben has also played as Guest Principal Cello for City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, London Musici, Welsh National Opera and Opera North.
Ben studied at the Royal Academy of Music where his cello teacher was Derek Simpson, and at SUNY Purchase with Julia Lichten. As a boy he was Head Chorister at Westminster Cathedral where Stephen Cleobury and then David Hill were the Masters of Music. For several years he coached the cello section of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, a role he occasionally fulfils now for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. Ben is a regular faculty member for Con Corda, the chamber music course founded in Ireland by Hugh Maguire, and teaches the cello at Tonbridge School. Ben maintains links with his home town, Chichester, by giving chamber music concerts with the Minerva Ensemble.