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.

Cole's current roles are Artistic Director of the Reid Consort, Music Director of Brockham Choral, 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 Choir of Great Britain. He is Music Director-Designate of Holmbury St Mary Choral Society commencing September 2022.

​Recent and upcoming highlights include performances with Academy of Ancient Music, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Covent Garden Sinfonia, British Sinfonietta; assisting Gregory Batsleer and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus (in a five-star staged-adaption of Parry’s Songs of Farewell); appearances at festivals in St Andrews and Edinburgh; masterclasses with Rundfunkchor Berlin, Sonoro Choir, Hallé Choir and Turkish State Choir.  He has received critical acclaim for creative programming and innovative interdisciplinary staging of choral works with the Reid Consort: projects have included world and national premieres; PATCHWORK REQUIEM; Nordic Landscapes and a virtual choir version of the Fauré Requiem. He participated in the Dima Choral Conducting Competition, Romania (Top 16, 2018) and is a previous recipient of the Help Musicians UK TRANSMISSION fund. In 2022, he will be in residence at the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival, USA, as an Orchestral Conducting Fellow.

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 as a Junior Artist-in-Residence, as a guest conductor for London Youth Choirs, and for Surrey Arts and Kingston Music Service as an Ensemble Leader. He has also been invited to work with the Rodolfus Foundation and the Junior Choral Courses.

Cole is a Visiting Teaching Fellow in Music at the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh. His PhD thesis on the choral music of the Estonian composer, Veljo Tormis, is nearing completion. He writes regularly on topics of choral music and identity, cultural politics and the rise of virtual choirs and digital media in choral music. He studies conducting with Neil Ferris and Ben Palmer.

Cole is grateful to the Association of British Choral Directors, the Association of Teachers of Singing, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Aberdeen, the late Derek Ogston, and Help Musicians UK for supporting his studies and professional development.

(C) 2022. Please contact for an extended biography.

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