Benjamin Gaughran

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 performance
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’ choirs, 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 the artistic director of an ensemble he recently founded called Voce
Piena. He has studied choral conducting with Manvinder Rattan and Sarah Tenant-
Flowers and continues to study with Dr. Amy Bebbington.
Benjamin and his wife are the co-principals of Little Voices West Kent – one of the
UK’s most outstanding performing arts organisations, providing drama and singing
lessons of distinction to young people.

Aside from his music, Benjamin enjoys spending time with his young family, likes to
travel and enjoys trying to play golf!