Benjamin Gaughran FRSM
Benjamin began his musical studies as a pianist, spending a number of years as an accompanist for a variety of choirs and musical theatre companies as well as giving solo performances. During this time, he also studied voice with British opera singer Margaret Preece and former BBC Singers member, Graham Titus. His performances as a singer have comprised both classical and musical theatre contexts, including the role of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Artful Dodger in Oliver! Benjamin has also enjoyed singing with many choirs including The City of Birmingham Choir and The Royal Holloway Chorus.
Benjamin earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Royal Holloway, University of London where he officially began his studies as a choral conductor. Mentored by Rupert Gough, he was one of the first conductors of the Royal Holloway Founder’s Choir and also conducted The Royal Holloway Early Music Ensemble and Singers. In addition to these conducting positions, Benjamin has conducted a variety of community choirs including a ladies’ choir, male voice choir and other ensembles across the United Kingdom. Furthermore, he has been musical director for musical theatre companies with credits including: Fiddler on the Roof, Andy Capp, Oklahoma! and The Pirates of Penzance.
Benjamin has held a number of musical posts within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been Church organist/pianist in congregations across the country for nearly 20 years. He has also been the Director of Music in congregations in Birmingham, Coventry, Gillingham and Canterbury. Furthermore, he has been the music director for many national productions and conventions. Alongside these posts, Benjamin was the area music advisor for the Coventry and Canterbury areas of the Church where he trained music leaders and other music staff in the different congregations.
With a master’s in education, Benjamin is currently Head of Music at St Thomas More Catholic School, London where he conducts The St Thomas More Choir. Benjamin is also Music Director of Mosaic Chamber Choir, a high calibre choir based in Surrey. In addition, Benjamin is the Founder and Artistic Director of Voce Piena, a newly formed vocal ensemble. He has studied choral conducting with Dr. Amy Bebbington, Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Manvinder Rattan.
Benjamin was recently appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music in Choral Conducting.