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We are a period instrument ensemble that performs music from early baroque to the late classical period. Known for their lively interpretations and desire to share joy in making music, the Cedar Consort designs programmes that encourage a “new look” at both well known favourites and less familiar repertoire. Our historically informed approach seeks to convey the context in which the music was composed, but our performances are very much for today. The core group consists of strings and continuo, yet is flexible depending upon the programme.

We take our name and inspiration from the Cedar tree, a species that embodies the complex web of interdependencies found in nature. Similarly cultural and artistic interconnections make music a wonderful emotional experience.

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Benedict began his training as a chorister at King’s College Cambridge. He graduated from the University of York with a First Class Music Degree, and the Royal Academy of Music with a Masters in early keyboards and a Professional Diploma with distinction in continuo playing & directing.

As a keyboard player and conductor he performs regularly on harpsichord, organ and fortepiano. He is the founder and director of The Cedar Consort, and has also worked with a variety of other ensembles & festivals including Ensemble Augelletti, The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Brecon Baroque, Music for Awhile, Ryedale Festival Opera, The Sixteen, London Handel Festival, and the OAE.

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