Ben Finlay

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Ben Finlay (20) is a cellist, bass guitarist, pianist, and undergraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music in London

Ben, from Skipton, is 20 years old. He began playing the cello aged 7 and joined the Yorkshire Young Musicians Programme in Leeds in 2011. There he studied cello with Tim Smedley and piano with Svetlana Pinegina. After joining YYM, Ben went on to play in numerous orchestras including the National Children's Orchestra, City of Leeds Youth Orchestra (with whom he performed the Myaskovsky Concerto in 2017), Vacation Chamber Orchestras, and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. This led him to perform at venues such as the Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the BBC Proms under conductors such as John Wilson, Thomas Ades and Kristjan Jarvi. He also has a great interest in chamber music and has had the opportunity to perform at venues such as the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds and the Purcell Room in London, as well as 3 chamber/solo appearances at Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire. Ben has just finished his second year studying cello with Lionel Handy at the Royal Academy of Music. Since joining the Academy, Ben has enjoyed the range of opportunities on offer to him. In September 2018, he began studying Baroque Cello with Andrew Skidmore and has performed in orchestral concerts under the direction of Marin Alsop, Edward Gardner, and Jac van Steen. He has also received additional 1-1 tuition with world renowned teachers and performers including Mario Brunello, Colin Carr, and Young-Chang Cho. In the latter regard, Ben is grateful for the support provided to him by the Pendle Young Musicians Bursary. In the future, Ben hopes to continue his career as a cellist in combination with producing and composing his own music, fusing his knowledge of contemporary classical music, jazz and folk music, with his cello playing

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