Benjamin Goodson

Benjamin Goodson is musical director of Bath Camerata, assistant conductor of the Grammy-winning Rundfunkchor Berlin, and chorus master at Dorset Opera Festival. He prepares choirs for the world’s leading conductors and orchestras, including Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann, Ivan Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski and others.

Regularly in demand as a guest conductor, in the 2018/9 season Goodson works with the Netherlands Radio Choir, MDR Chor Leipzig, and the chorus of the London Symphony Orchestra, which he prepares for a performance at the BBC Proms. He conducts Consensus Vocalis and the Brodsky Quartet at the Stift International Music Festival and appears at the Musikfest Berlin to conduct Feldman’s Rothko Chapel with Tabea Zimmermann.

Goodson is committed to exploring new avenues of choral performance. 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.