Conductor Ben Palmer Thrills with Classic FM Live

26 Apr 2024

Ben Palmer conducted the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus for a thrilling Classic FM Live concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The 22 April concert featured soloists tenor Freddie De Tommaso, soprano Rachel Duckett and pianist Hayato Sumino. Works in the concert were also conducted by Sir Karl Jenkins.

The concert opened with Handel’s stirring Zadok the Priest, and ended with an exclusive world premiere of a new arrangement of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ by British composer Paul Mealor.

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Ben Palmer is Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck in Darmstadt (2017-24) and Babylon Orchester Berlin, Principal Conductor of the Orchestra da Camera di Pordenone, and Founder and Artistic Director of Covent Garden Sinfonia.

Highlights of his 2023/24 season include debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia, and returns to the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic, Hallé, Hofer Symphoniker, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Recent guest conducting engagements include Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms (televised on BBC Two), Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, Heidelberger Sinfoniker, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga and Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and recordings with the City of Prague Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, and for 20th Century Fox, Hans Zimmer, and Bleeding Fingers Music, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He can often be heard on BBC radio and television conducting the BBC Singers and the BBC Orchestras.

Photos: Classic FM / Matt Crossick