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Benjamin Goodson is a conductor and chorus master.

Benjamin Goodson's performances are recognised for their musicality, warmth and precision. He has conducted across Europe, America and Asia, and has prepared choirs for the Berliner Philharmoniker, Netherlands Reisopera, Deutsches Symphony-Orchester Berlin and others. In the 2017/18 season Goodson makes his debut with the Netherlands Radio Choir.

Goodson is musical director of the award-winning Bath Camerata, with which he appears at prestigious UK festivals, on national television and radio, and has given numerous world-premiere performances. As assistant conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Goodson regularly prepares the choir for the world’s leading conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, Iván Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski and others.

Goodson is committed to exploring new avenues of choral performance. In addition to being Chorus Director at Dorset Opera Festival, 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.

The exhilarating chorus, trained by Benjamin Goodson, excelled in both diction and tone
— Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
Goodson’s chorus excels
— Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
The chorus, prepared by Benjamin Goodson, created wonderful tableaux, full of personality and bold, fresh singing
— Amanda Holloway, Opera
Goodson’s chorus was strong: diction was superb
— Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack
© MUTESOUVENIR | Kai Bienert

© MUTESOUVENIR | Kai Bienert