Benedict Swindells

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2021

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Born in Ishihara, Japan, Benedict Swindells moved to Stamford in Lincolnshire and first played the Cello at the age of 7. After several years studying with Janet Roberts, he attended Pro Corda, a chamber music course based at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, where he met his current teacher Tim Lowe. At the age of 14 he had a place in Professor Lowe’s class at the Guildhall’s Junior Department. After several years he moved to St Edwards Oxford as a music scholar, while continuing to have cello lessons in London. He now continues his studies with Tim Lowe as a Postgraduate scholar at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has played in venues across Europe including recent tours to Vienna and Amsterdam as well as major concert venues in London. His studies have been generously supported by Help Musicians, The Kathleen trust and the Kochan Trust.

Benedict plays on a Nicolas Couturieux cello made in 1835.

In assisting me with my postgraduate studies Help Musicians have considerably reduced the shortfall towards my tuitions fees. This help has meant that I can focus even more time on my independent study so I can integrate more detail and personality into my individual playing. This, in conjunction with a busy academic calendar, I hope will make me a well rounded musician that can relish all opportunities as I embark on my career as a cellist.