"The demanding role of The Evangelist, who tells the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion, was sung by the tenor Ben Alden with simplicity, great clarity and conviction. His voice was unforced and as strong at the end of the performance as it had been at the beginning."
Bach St John Passion, Benson Choral Society, Mar 2017
"Tenor Ben Alden did some sterling work in Part II...he imbued it all with confidence and dramatic intensity. Thou shall break them was particularly moving."
Nicola Lisle, The Oxford Times, 8 Feb 2011
"The tenor, Ben Alden, set the scene with his unearthly and lilting arias."
Messiah, Windsor Royal Free Singers
"Ben Alden was an excellent tenor soloist who had no difficulty with his demanding arias."
Sasha Alexander: Bach St Matthew Passion, Rosenethe SIngers
Paul Driver, The Times, 26th May 2013 writes:
"tenor Ben Alden has a sound and eloquence positively Peter Pears-ian"
Ben studied Modern Languages at Durham University before embarking on Postgraduate Vocal studies as an ABRSM scholar at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He studied under Peter Alexander Wilson and also worked with Malcolm Martineau, Ann Murray and the late Philip Langridge.
With a repertoire spanning over a millennium, Ben enjoys a varied career on the concert platform. Past performances include Monteverdi Vespers for the Academy of Ancient Music and King’s College Choir in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at Cadogan Hall, Bach St Matthew Passion in Bath Abbey, and Mozart Cminor Mass and Bach Magnificat for Midland Festival Chorus in Worcester Cathedral.
As a recitalist Ben has an extensive repertoire of Lieder, French song and English song. His performances include: Britten Winter Words in the Sheremetev Palace, St Petersburg, Ireland The Land of Lost Content, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge and Four Hymns. Ben's most recent recital engagement was at The Penkhull Festival, Staffordshire.
An accomplished ensemble singer, Ben tours and records regularly with many of Britain's leading vocal groups, including the Monteverdi Choir, Tenebrae, The Tallis Scholars, Exaudi, The Cardinall's Musick, London Voices and Synergy Vocals, and has appeared on stage in the Salle Pleyel, Paris, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Alexandra Palace, London and El Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
Ben currently combines a freelance singing career with a Lay Clerkship at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and peripatetic music teaching. He studies singing with Ryland Davies and Gary Coward. In his spare time, Ben enjoys a busy family life, good food, the great outdoors, walking, cycling and photography.