After so much turmoil in the recent history of TPS, it is a delight that Ben has made such a positive start. He began with the Orchestra in December, and then joined the Choir in January and both groups welcomed him warmly. His first challenge was this orchestral concert of Russian music, Ravel’s version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and the challenging Shostakovich 5th Symphony, and he and his orchestra rose to the challenge with gusto. Our reviewer wrote:
“From the very start we were assured of a confident orchestra in the safe hands of new Director of Music, Benjamin Westerman. His decisive beat and engagement with the musicians drew an excellent response.”
It is that engagement and the depth of musicianship that supports it that has won Ben an early commitment from the musicians under his baton. Not only is he a fine pianist, but also has a clear and confident singing voice that enables him to give clear direction to the choir. They are looking forward to March and their programme of French music, including Duruflé’s Requiem.