Our Professionals


MUSICAL DIRECTOR:

BEN THAPA

Ben started as one-quarter of the classical group G4, runners-up on ITV’s The X Factor in 2004.
He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music, and the Wales International Academy of Voice.


Ben has sung for many of the major UK opera companies and on most of the main UK concert stages. Highlights include the title role in La Clemenza di Tito at the Teatru Manoel, Malta, Kudrjash Katya Kabanova for Scottish Opera on tour, Monteverdi Vespers solos for John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Tamino Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera Emerging Artists and Arbace Idomeneo for Buxton Festival Opera. He premiered the President in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht, for Birmingham, repeated in 2013 at the BBC Proms.


In 2022, Ben created the roles of Dr Anton and Salieri in Errolyn Wallen’s The Paradis Files, which Graeae toured with the BBC Concert Orchestra.


In 2023, Ben sang the title role in La Clemenza di Tito for Chelsea Opera Group, Verdi Requiem with the London Mozart Players at the Royal Festival Hall, and Siegmund (Die Walküre) for the London Opera Company at St. John’s Smith Square, also touring the Evangelist in Bach St Matthew Passion, tenor soloist in Monteverdi Vespers, and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, all for the Armonico Consort.


2024 plans include Puccini Messe di Gloria with Collegium Musicum Costa del Sol, and Monostatos Die Zauberflöte for Wild Arts.


OFFICIAL ACCOMPANIST: JANET BALDACCI

Janet Baldacci began learning the piano when she was 8. At 15, she took up the organ and deputised regularly at several local churches. At this time, she had singing lessons with Edna Graham and passed her Grade 8 with distinction. After leaving school, Janet furthered her musical studies privately and gained her LLCM (Licentiate of the London College of Music) diploma in 1986. Janet has held regular organist posts over the years and is currently in great demand as a freelance church organist. Janet joined the Redbridge Ladies’ Choir as their accompanist in 2006 and became the Musical Director in 2013 until they closed in 2018. Janet was a singing member of the New Essex Choir for around 13 years before becoming their regular accompanist in 2018.