Oliver’s international conducting career has seen collaborations in recent seasons with the LSO, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Hallé, London Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, New York Sinfonietta, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Milano and a debut recording with the RTÉ NSO. He balances orchestral engagements with extensive work in opera, formerly as assistant to Sir Charles Mackerras at Glyndebourne. As Associate Conductor (JPYAP) at the Royal Opera House he recently conducted their debut tour of Australia, winning a Helpmann Award. Oliver received his training at Cambridge University, GSMD, and National Opera Studio. He studied conducting at Tanglewood with Seiji Ozawa and has been nominated for a South Bank Award and a Creative Scotland award.
Associate Music Director
Robert was educated at Trinity School, Croydon. In 1975 he became a Music Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, where he sang in the Cathedral choir. Following graduation, he held posts as Lay Clerk at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor and Westminster Cathedral before embarking on a career as one of Britain’s leading consort singers, featuring on award-winning recordings with the Tallis Scholars, the Orlando Consort and the Gabrieli Consort. He maintains a lifelong interest in piano and organ playing and choral directing, and has been Director of Music at the Wren church of St. Bride’s, Fleet Street in the City of London since 1988. He has been associated with many leading British choral societies and has also recently taken over as conductor of Renaissance Voices, a chamber choir based in Maidenhead.
Aside from some dubious appearances in primary school stage productions, Ben’s first foray into choral singing was as a choirboy at St. Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, where he was introduced to the healthy diet of Sunday morning services and evensong under the very strict direction of Tim Storey. He then went on to sing in Wolverhampton Grammar School choir under Bernard Trafford. His time at university revolved around twice-weekly evensongs in Christ’s College Chapel, Cambridge, where he met his wife Helen and other life-long friends. On moving to Sussex for further study, he sang variously in Brighton Festival Chorus, Esterhazy Chamber Choir and Pegasus in London. After settling down in Maidenhead, young children created a brief gap in the singing strand, only to be filled by joining Renaissance Voices and then finally Cantorum, tempted by its inspiring repertoire and wonderful musicianship. He is delighted to be singing under the direction of Ollie Gooch and Robert Jones.