Benedict Todd

Organist · Composer · Conductor


In addition to his other musical activities, Benedict is also an accomplished and experienced orchestral musician. Having taken up the horn at the age of 11, he studied at school with Willi Watson and went on to pass his ABRSM Grade 8 with Distinction at age 17. His orchestral career started in the school orchestra and he was soon also playing in local amateur orchestras. Between 2003 - 2007, whilst living in Bury St Edmunds, he was a regular player with the Suffolk Sinfonia. Whilst studying at the University of Bristol Benedict played in both the University Chamber Orchestra and the University Symphony Orchestra and, during his final year as an undergraduate, he held the position of principal horn in the latter. Recent works performed include:

Benedict Todd
  • Symphony No. 1 Sibelius
  • Lento Howard Skempton
  • Symphonic Dances Rachmaninoff
  • Sunlit Breakers Daniel Linker
  • Symphony No. 5 Mahler
  • Symphony No. 4 Lutoslawski
  • University of Bristol Symphony Orchestra 2014/2015

  • Fluorescences Penderecki
  • Symphony No. 6 Shostakovich
  • Symphony No. 7 Bruckner*
  • Sonance Severence 2000 Birtwistle
  • Sinfonia di Requiem Britten
  • The Ring: An Orchestral Adventure Wagner, arr. de Vlieger*
  • * Wagner Tuba
  • University of Bristol Symphony Orchestra 2013/2014

  • Concerto for Orchestra Bartók
  • Agamemnon’s Tomb John Pickard
  • Five Mystical Songs & Serenade to Music Vaughan Williams
  • Symphony No. 4 Arthur Butterworth
  • Symphony No. 1 Walton
  • Symphony No. 19 Havergal Brian
  • University of Bristol Symphony Orchestra 2012/2013

  • The Memory Toy (redux) Neal Farwell
  • Recovered Visions Richard Barnard
  • The Feathered Snake Daniel Linker
  • University of New Music Ensemble 2012/2013

Benedict has played with many amateur and semi-professional orchestras across the country and also undertakes occasional work as a freelance horn player. If you would like to enquire about engaging Benedict’s services as a horn player (in the Bristol and South Wales area), please feel free to contact him.


The Clifton Suspension BridgeAfter many years studying at the University of Bristol, when he was latterly based in Clifton, Benedict made the move back east in the autumn of 2017 and currently lives in Willingham, Cambridgeshire. Alongside music, some of his other interests include history, particularly that of UK’s railway and canal systems, photography, fell walking and caring for his aging 2CV.


He designed this website, which has mostly been hand-coded, initially using the excellent freeware ConTEXT editor, and latterly using Micrsoft’s WebMatrix 3.0. The News, Events Calendar (The Events Calendar by Modern Tribe) and Contact (Fast Secure Contact Form) pages now make use of Wordpress. Compatability has been checked with all the main modern browsers, although if you have spotted any problems please feel free to let us know so that they can be fixed. Thanks!