Reuben Bance

Key Music Relay Manager for the – UK

Reuben Bance

UK Manager

Reuben is a conductor, composer and pianist born in Stafford, England, currently reading music at King’s College, Cambridge. Reuben studied composition under Joseph Phibbs while attending the Purcell School for Young Musicians from 2019 to 2021. He has had pieces performed by the Tippett Quartet, beatboxer MaJiker, and soprano Sarah Dacey among others. In 2021, Reuben received an orchestral commission for Cadogan Hall, London. The resulting piece, titled Cloud Pillars, received positive reviews from critics including composer Julian Anderson.

Reuben studied conducting for several years under composer and conductor Jacques Cohen. He regularly conducts orchestras in Cambridge, most notably the King’s College Symphony Orchestra in King’s College Chapel. Reuben also plays in a number of non-Western ensembles, including Samulnori and Javanese Gamelan. An enthusiastic Changgo player, Reuben recently performed with the Cambridge University Samulnori Society for Dr Chung Sye-kyun, former prime minister of South Korea.

In August 2023, Reuben travelled to Antigua and Barbuda to help coordinate a week-long composition program with the Antigua and Barbuda Symphony Orchestra, supported by High Commissioner Karen Mae-Hill. As a UK manager for the Commonwealth Relay Project, Reuben is looking forward to organizing and collaborating with music leaders and partners from across the UK.

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