Benjamin Kirk

 Music Director 2021/22 - Benjamin Kirk

After conducting The Cecilian Singers for more than 30 years, Jeremy Jackman retired at the end of 2020. Jeremy's shoes will be difficult to fill, but we were delighted to announce that Benjamin Kirk accepted our invitation to continue as Music Director from the beginning of 2021.

Benjamin Kirk (b.1992) began his singing career as a chorister at Ripon Cathedral, in 2001. After finishing Christ’s Hospital school in 2011 Benjamin moved to Tallinn, Estonia, to begin studying Choral Conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, under Tõnu Kaljuste. Thus began a love affair with Baltic, Nordic, and Russian choral music that Benjamin is committed to sharing with audiences around the world.

Benjamin won 3rd Prize at the 2019 World Choral Conducting Competition in Hong Kong, and is the Musical Director of the Cecilian Singers in Leicester. He is a Guest Conductor with the NFM Choir in Wrocław, Poland, after directing his first unaccompanied project Blessed Love in Wrocław in May, 2021. 

In November 2021 Benjamin was appointed Musical Director with Leeds Guild of Singers. Successful appointments continued in 2022 and in January, he became Director of Music for Bath Camerata followed by his appointment as Director of Music to the Lea Singers in Harpenden in May.
 
As a chorus master, Benjamin has prepared some of the world’s leading choirs, including the Swedish Radio Choir, the French Radio Choir, and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. 
Benjamin Kirk 2022