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Benjamin Goodson

Benjamin Goodson is Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Choir from September 2020.

Benjamin is the newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Choir. He is musical director of Bath Camerata and chorus director at Dorset Opera Festival, UK. From 2016-2020 Benjamin is the assistant conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin.

Benjamin prepares choirs for the world’s leading conductors and orchestras, including Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann, Ivan Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski and others. In the 2018/9 season Benjamin works as a guest conductor with the Netherlands Radio Choir, NDR Chor Hamburg and MDR Chor Leipzig. He conducts Consensus Vocalis at the Stift International Music Festival and appears at the Musikfest Berlin to conduct Feldman’s Rothko Chapel with Tabea Zimmermann and the Rundfunkchor Berlin.

Benjamin is committed to exploring new avenues of choral performance. He has staged Bach’s Matthew Passion with Tom Guthrie, performed as co-conductor in Rundfunkchor Berlin’s Human Requiem, and assisted in developing Robert Wilson’s ground-breaking staging of the Bach Motets.

Born in Hertfordshire, UK, Benjamin Goodson studied music at Hertford College, Oxford, where he was awarded the University’s top conducting prize. He studied conducting with Sir Colin Davis, Paul Spicer, Peter Stark and Ulrich Windfuhr. Three years after graduating, Goodson was appointed Director of Music at Somerville College, becoming the University of Oxford’s youngest Director of Music.