A conductor, tenor singer and musicologist, Cole Bendall is in demand as an up-and-coming choral music specialist across the United Kingdom following studies in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
In addition to his role with the Athenaeum Singers of Warminster which he commenced in 2018, Cole is joint-founder and Artistic Director of the Reid Consort, a pre-professional chamber choir in Edinburgh. With the Reid Consort, he has devised exciting concerts including Scottish premieres of works by Chris Hutchings, Thomas LaVoy, Kerry Andrew and Veljo Tormis, alongside collaborations with St Andrews Voices Festival and the National Libraries of Scotland.
He has worked with Sonoro Choir; the Transylvanian State Philharmonic Choir; Choirs of the Dima Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; the Rundfunkchor Berlin; Byre Opera and leading regional choirs in his native Scotland; recently, he assisted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus in a staged-production of Parry’s Songs of Farewell. In 2018, he reached the top 16 competitors of the Gheorges Dima International Choral Conducting Competition, Romania.
Cole has participated in masterclasses with Gijs Leenaars, Stefan Parkman, Joanna Tomlinson, Sian Edwards, Patrick Russill and Roland Borger. He studies with Neil Ferris and Gregory Batsleer. He is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Centre for Open Learning and is also on staff at Morley College, London. He is completing a PhD on the choral music of Veljo Tormis at the University of Edinburgh, funded by an Edinburgh College of Art Scholarship. Cole is honoured to be supported by Help Musicians UK.