Ben makes his debut with the Czech Philharmonic at the Rudolfinum on 11 November, when he conducts Mozart Symphony No.31 'Paris' and Mendelssohn’s lesser-known Symphony No.1, written when the composer was just 15 years of age. In between the symphonies Gernon will conduct the world premiere of Richard’s Blackford’s Niobe for Violin and Orchestra, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen.   

The same week, Ben also returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a performance at the Barbican Centre on 7 November. He will conduct Britten Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20 followed by the London premiere of Alasdair Nicolson Shadows on the Wall with soprano Anna Stéphany and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1 'Winter Daydreams'.