New conductor for Choir

Ipswich Chamber Choir are pleased to welcome their new Music Director Benedict Collins Rice, who took up the baton in September.

Benedict read music at Cambridge University, holding two conducting scholarships and working with all the university’s top ensembles.  It was whilst at university that he founded The Facade Ensemble.  Benedict is head of the choral conducting programme at Morley College where he is also a Lecturer & Choir Tutor – running a chamber choir and the Morley Choral Society. 

He holds the post of Chief Conductor of the Cambridge University Graduate Orchestra. He is also committed to community music-making and music education and is a Musical Director with the John Lewis Partnership, a Music Tutor at HMDT Music, and Director of Choral Music at Tonbridge Grammar School.

The first concert under his direction will be an evening of music and poetry entitled Greater Love Hath No Man, to mark the anniversary of the ending of WW1, on 17th November at 7.00pm at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich.

The programme will include Parry’s Songs of Farewell, poems read by members of the Suffolk Poetry Society, John Ireland’s Greater Love Hath No Man, Ivor Gurney’s By a Bier-side and a performance of the Fauré Requiem. Tickets £15 (under 18s free) available from Music World, Woodbridge Violins or email