Bénjad is a Cornish singer-songwriter who writes songs in Spanish, Cornish and English. He is a student at Chetham’s School of Music studying composition with Dr Gavin Wayte and voice with Helen Francis. He was previously a student with the South West Music School through which he received instrumental and singing lessons and took part in ensembles. He focuses mainly on Composition, Voice, Piano and Euphonium.
At the age of eight he wrote the first of many pieces of music, which paved the way for his interest in composition. He composed his first song when he was 13, and developed a connection with using the medium of voice and piano to portray his emotions. Bénjad has a very diverse interest in music from Brass bands to Salsa, Musical Theatre to Middle Eastern, and Choral to Folk and this varied musical taste has formed a singer-songwriter who includes eclectic styles into his songs, each bringing a different mood or sentiment to the listener.
Particularly memorable performances as a singer include Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of St. John’s and OSJ Voices under John Lubbock in 2006 at St John’s, Smith Square, London and Verdi’s Requiem in the Royal Festival Hall with The Bach Choir and Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, under David Hill. Bénjad has also performed with the Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra at Carnglaze Caverns with Janet Elston, giving the premiere of his ‘Saiph Overture’ for wind band. His compositions have been performed by the Cornwall Youth Brass Band (with ‘Sounds of a Battlefield’ being played on BBC radio), various ensembles from Chetham’s School of Music, Cornwall Youth Choir (who sang the Kyrie from his Requiem on BBC’s Songs of Praise), the Sarum Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia.
Having performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall (aged 12), Blackpool Winter Gardens and Birmingham Conservatoire, and alongside Evelyn Glennie, Denise Leigh and many other musicians, he has a natural and comfortable performance rapport with the audience and you will not fail to be moved.
Bénjad recently recorded keys and backing vocals for Josie Newton’s EP, Colour Me In. Bénjad has recorded his first studio album at Chetham's School of Music and is in the process of releasing it.