Welsh tenor, Ben Smith is studying for a Masters of Performance Degree at the Royal College of Music, having recently graduated from the RCM with a Bachelors Degree. Ben currently studies with Timothy Evans-Jones and Christopher Glynn as the Sir Peter and Lady Walters Soiree d’Or scholar. Ben is also generously support by the Arts Council of Wales and the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund. He started singing in 2009 after a career change from military flying to one on stage and screen. The discovery of his voice was soon documented on the BBC2 series ‘Young Welsh Tenors’ and he became a member of Classical Brit Award vocal ensemble, Only Men Aloud. During the five years he spent with them, Ben toured the UK several times and also to North America, he recorded albums and featured on Bryn Terfel’s Christmas Album. He has had the pleasure of performing to Royalty, most notably the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium and as part of the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Other highlights include performing two series of Only Men Aloud for S4C, Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, Children in Need, Songs of Praise BBC, Ryder Cup ‘Welcome to Wales’ with Shirley Bassey. Although much at home in contemporary, choral and musical theatre genres, Ben now concentrates on classical music and opera within his own training. He performs regularly as a soloist, most recently performing Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at Buckingham Palace. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Cardiff’s St David’s Hall and at St John Smith Square. He worked for Iford Arts as a 2016 Next Generation Artist and this year will perform with Nevill Holt Opera in their production of Tosca. Ben is interested in how the use of Alexander Technique can transform the way we sing by using the body’s upright design in a coordinated and controlled way. Outside of singing, Ben is big on aviation and flying, loves to travel and enjoys keeping fit.
Where did you study music?
I currently study on the Masters of Performance Degree at the Royal College of Music having just recently graduated with a BMus Honours from the same institution.
What is your favourite piece of music/song?
Tricky to hone it down to one piece as I’m finding new favourites all the time, one I keep on going back to though is the Intermezzo from Suor Angelica by Puccini.
What single thing could you not live without?
I think the thrill and pleasure I get from performing would be hard to live without. It’s what makes me get up in the morning and gives me the appetite to practice and learn in order to reach my career goal of becoming a world-class artist.
Who has inspired you the most?
My teachers and mentors who dedicate so much of their time towards my vocal training. Tenors, Alfredo Kraus, Pavarotti, Stuart Burrows, Bruce Ford for making singing look so easy and their gifted talents.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a village near Pontypridd, South Wales. Moved to London in 2012.