Benedict Lewis-Smith studied music at The University of Oxford (2007–2010), and prior to this was awarded a place as a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral School, Somerset. He is now Director of Music at St Columba’s Church, Knightsbridge and combines this role with a substantial freelance career in London including vocal coaching, accompanying and conducting. He has established choirs for a number of the city firms and in 2018 founded his own group The Iona Consort.
He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and recently recorded on the digital label Resonus Classics and Regent Records. Recent performances include recitals in the Victoria International Arts Festival, Gozo, and a concert tour of Buenos Aires, where he delivered classes in English song to the students at the Departamento de Artes Musicales y Sonoras. In 2019 he was invited to deliver a choral workshop at St Paul’s School, São Paulo, Brazil, and in London he works with choirs at Westminster School and Hill House International Preparatory School.
Benedict performs alongside Julian Collings as the Oxbridge Organ Duo, with recent performances in Kristiansand Cathedral (Norway) and St George’s Basilica (Gozo). Their debut CD ‘Firebird’, on the Regent Records label, was released to great critical acclaim in 2018:
‘The effect is extraordinary, especially with Guy Bovet's arrangement of the Firebird which is just so thrilling.'
BBC Radio 3 Record Review
'The Firebird may be the mainstay here (and terrifically played), but Bolero wins with its use of just about every stop of the Blackburn Cathedral organ. Intriguing and fun.'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ BBC Music Magazine
'Benedict Lewis-Smith and Julian Collings are splendid...and the recording on the Walker organ of Blackburn Cathedral leaves nothing to the imagination.'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Organ Magazine