Benjamin Collyer – Organ Scholar
Ben Collyer is Organ Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford. He began his musical education at the age of seven as a treble in his local parish church choir where he received piano and vocal training. At the age of fourteen he began learning the organ under conductor Jonathan Lo who also introduced him to choral conducting. In 2016, Ben was awarded a place at Chetham’s School of Music to study organ under Christopher Stokes. During his two years there, he performed frequently with Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester Chamber choir, as well as visiting conductors Paul McCreesh, John Rutter and Jac van Steen. Ben directed the Chorale group which performed regularly around Manchester, and also participated in the Greenwich International Early Music Festival. At the age of seventeen, Ben was awarded his ARCO diploma. Since arriving at Christ Church, Ben has been appointed as one of the musical directors of the College Choir, conducting their weekly services as well as arranging concerts in multiple venues across the UK. As a prize winner from the Oundle for Organists course, Ben has performed recitals at multiple venues over the past couple of years, including Gloucester Cathedral, St Laurence Jewry and the Queen’s College, Oxford.