B i o g r a p h y

A dynamic musician and an imaginative creative leader, Cole Bendall is a conductor and vocal specialist based near London. His philosophy of coaching aims to empower musicians with the technical skills required to perform well and develop a passion for the stories behind the music.

Cole's current roles are Artistic Director of the Reid Consort; Music Director of Brockham Choral, Woking Choral Society & Holmbury St Mary Choral Society; Conductor of Surrey County Youth Choir; and Director of Music at St Peter's Church, Limpsfield. He is on the Music Staff of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is a Visiting Singing Teacher at Cranleigh School, Surrey. Recent and upcoming repertoire highlights include Bach St Matthew Passion, Pärt Passio, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, and Smyth Mass in D.

Major career highlights include performances with Academy of Ancient Music, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Covent Garden Sinfonia, British Sinfonietta; alongside masterclasses with Rundfunkchor Berlin, Hallé Choir and Turkish State Choir. In Summer 2022, he appeared as a Symphonic Conducting Fellow at Miami Beach Classical Music Festival, FL, USA. He maintains a deep interest in interdisciplinary performance including work on virtual choir performance and semi-staged new works including the Reid Consort's critically acclaimed PATCHWORK REQUIEM.

In demand as a workshop leader and tutor for youth groups, university students and adults, Cole has delivered seminars for groups in the UK, USA and mainland Europe. His passion for educating new generations of musicians and teachers is seen in his work for Ark Music, London Youth Choirs, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and Surrey Arts where he also directs the Surrey Primary Schools Music Festival concert series for thousands of children annually.

Cole is a Visiting Teaching Fellow in Music at the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh. A graduate of the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh, he writes regularly on topics of choral music and identity, cultural politics, and the rise of virtual choirs and digital media in choral music.

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