Ben Lathbury – Musical Director (from July 16)

Ben Lathbury Photo June 2016Hailed as “a charismatic performer of sensitivity and panache” Ben Lathbury began playing the piano aged 6. A natural musician from a musical family, Ben grew up in Burton upon Trent in the Midlands. Following early success in numerous competitions, Ben moved to Sussex in 2006 to study at the University of Chichester, where he established himself as a pianist of considerable talent.

In 2009, Ben received a scholarship to fund his Master’s degree in Music Performance, studying with international pianist Jonathan Plowright. Since completing his studies, Ben has won several highly regarded competitions and has appeared as a special guest soloist with orchestras across the UK. He has been recognised as a champion of 20th century American repertoire, and his interpretation of Leroy Anderson’s Concerto in C has garnered critical acclaim.

Ben is widely respected as a concert pianist, choral conductor and piano teacher. He is the current Director of Music & Master of the Choristers at Holy Trinity Church in Bosham and is Musical Director for both Havant Light Opera and WRAP Community Choir in Chichester. Since 2013, Ben has had the privilege of building and leading the Music Department of Chichester Free School. Today, he lives in Selsey with his partner Megan, stepson Dylan, their dog Samson and their two cats, Persephone & Ozymandias. In his spare time, Ben enjoys theatre, chess, writing and golf.

For more information see www.chichester-piano.co.uk. June 2016