Ben Lathbury

Pianist - Conductor
Organist - Baritone - Teacher

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BIOGRAPHY

"A charismatic performer of sensitivity and panache.”

Duncan Honeybourne, 2010

 

Ben Lathbury is an award-winning musician, originally from the Midlands. Following early success in numerous competitions, Ben moved to Sussex in 2006 to study at the University of Chichester, where he established himself as a pianist of considerable talent.


In 2009, Ben received a scholarship to fund his Master’s degree in Music Performance, studying with international pianist Jonathan Plowright. Since its completion, Ben has won a number of competitions, given dozens of solo recitals and has appeared as a special guest soloist with orchestras across the UK. He has been recognized as a champion of 20th century American repertoire; his interpretation of Leroy Anderson's Concerto in C garnered critical acclaim and his performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue earned him a nomination for “Best Classical Act” in the 2017 Guide Awards and have been hailed as “magnificent”.


In addition to his talent as a pianist, Ben is widely respected as a choral conductor, organist, and singer. Recent engagements have included performances of Handel’s Messiah, Vierne’s Messe Solennelle, Fauré’s & Rutter’s Requiems, Stainer’s Crucifixion and Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise. He is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church in Bosham and Musical Director for a number of local choral groups. In 2016, Ben founded the Music in Bosham recital series and in May 2018 he was appointed to the post of Musical Director for Portsmouth Festival Choir. In 2019 he became an Associate Lecturer in Piano at the University of Chichester.


Today, Ben lives in Rose Green with his wife Megan, stepson Dylan, their dog Hermione and their two cats, Persephone & Ozymandias. In his spare time, Ben enjoys theatre, chess, writing and computer programming. He has a particular passion for choral and piano music featured in video games and often incorporates such works into his programmes.

May 2020

MUSIC IN BOSHAM

 In 2016, Ben founded Music in Bosham. This recital series gives local performers the opportunity to perform a short programme to an enthusiastic and friendly audience. Recitals are free and are held on the first Sunday of each month at 6pm at Holy Trinity Church in Bosham. Past performers include postgraduate students from the University of Chichester, music college alumni and local professionals.

In 2020, Ben established the Bosham Lunchtime Piano Recital series as a companion to the successful Sunday evening series. Recitals are free and are held 6 times a year on Wednesday lunchtimes.

 

For further information, please contact:

ben@chichester-piano.co.uk 

2020 Events

DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 CRISIS, ALL MUSIC IN BOSHAM EVENTS ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON WHEN THE SERIES WILL RESUME.

 
 

TEACHING

From 2013-2017, Ben taught Music and Drama at Chichester Free School. As a founder teacher, he was initially charged with introducing a full Performing Arts curriculum, including both writing and delivering the Music and Drama syllabuses for the school. He now works as a consultant for a number of local teaching agencies and as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester.

Ben also teaches piano, organ and voice privately. Whilst his specialisms are improving sight-reading and aural ability, Ben particularly loves discussing interpretation of works and nuances of performance.

For more information on pricing or availability, please contact:

ben@chichester-piano.co.uk

CONTACT

For more information, please contact Ben directly:

ben@chichester-piano.co.uk