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Hugh Benham

Hugh Benham read Music and English at Southampton...

Hugh Benham read Music and English at Southampton University, and was later awarded a PhD for a study of John Taverner. He taught at a grammar school (later sixth-form college) for nearly thirty years, and now works as chair of examiners for GCE Music, and as an organist and writer. Composing has long been an interest; a CD of some of his choral and organ pieces is available on the Convivium Records label.

Hugh has contributed to Music Teacher and Classroom Music magazines and is the author of Baroque Music in Focus (Rhinegold Education, 2nd ed. 2010); his name may also be familiar from various workbooks of listening tests and harmony. Other writing includes books on English church music: Latin Church Music in England c.1460–1575 (Barrie and Jenkins, 1977) and John Taverner: his Life and Music (Ashgate, 2003). In addition there are various articles, mainly on early music, contributions to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001) and Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, and a complete edition of Taverner for Early English Church Music (published by Stainer and Bell for The British Academy).

Hugh is married, has one daughter, and lives in Hampshire. The musicians who have made the greatest impact on him over the years are perhaps J.S. Bach and Ralph Vaughan Williams, but Hugh says that he enjoys or admires most music that he plays, hears, studies or writes about.