Eight Songs for a Mad King

Benjamin in performance at the Jack Lyons Concert Hallby Peter Maxwell Davies

Benjamin is one of the only "singers" in the World to have tackled Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a mad King: a fiendishly complicated and bizarre 20th Century classic, which involves, at times, singing two notes at once... and a great amount of shrieking and yelling!

Benjamin decided to perform the work for his University finals recital, despite having been a first study cellist nd never having sung formally until that point!

He had an intensive course of singing lessons with Yvonne Seymour, and performed the work in May 1996.