2011 Susan Chilcott Scholar
Awarded: funding for further studies/career development
Northern Irish baritone, Ben McAteer, holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, and an MMus in Vocal Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is currently studying on the Opera Course with David Pollard. Ben’s operatic roles include Father in Hansel & Gretel, Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, and also several cover and scene roles at GSMD. He has had extensive experience as a soloist in oratorio across the UK; works include Handel Messiah, Bach St John Passion & Mass in B Minor, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Requiems by Brahms, Duruflé, Fauré and Mozart. In 2011, Ben was awarded first prize at Opera les Azuriales Ozone Prize in Nice, and he also won Northern Ireland Opera’s inaugural Festival of Voice and the Guildhall School’s English Song Prize. In October, Ben performed alongside Dame Kiri te Kanawa and the Ulster Orchestra, as part of the 2011 Belfast Festival.
Ben’s studies are generously supported by Serena Fenwick, and he is also grateful to have received a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award, a Dewar Arts Award and further support from the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust. Ben is delighted to have been named a 2011 Susan Chilcott Scholar.
(Updated November 2011)
Brian McMaster, advocate for the arts, former director, Edinburgh International Festival: presented with RPS Honorary Membership in 2009.
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In early Philharmonic Society concerts, players often rotated within their orchestral section, reflecting the orchestra's wealth of performing talent as well as its democratic ethos: no ‘distinction of rank’.