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"Daring and expressive"

Classical Source

 

 

Biography

Winner of the NCEM Composers Award (2012) and Leeds International Film Festival Best Documentary Soundtrack (2013). He has received numerous commissions and international performances including from Merton College Oxford (2014), York Minster (2015) and The Tower of London (2017). Following commissions for extended orchestral works from the Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra and Durham University Symphony Orchestra, his 2016 commission The Turn, a forty minute work for voices, has received multiple repeat performances and a commercial recording. Ben has also composed two live soundtracks for plays receiving exceptional reviews. His extended ensemble work ‘The Turn’ has received multiple repeat performances since it’s premiere in 2016; it’s first recording has just been awarded the BBC Music Magazine: ‘Choice Disc’ for April 2018 in Choral and Song category. 

Ben has been commercially recorded by ‘ORA’, ‘The Rodolfus Choir’ and ‘The Fieri Consort’. His work has also received regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, including by internationally acclaimed ensemble ‘The Tallis Scholars’. Ben’s most recent commission, from ‘PercusSing’, was premiered in York in late 2017; the piece is written for soprano and marimba and engages with the political and human issues surrounding the loss of innocent life in Syria, especially amongst children in this region. Ben is currently working on commissions from ’Ensemble XY’, the ‘London Festival of Contemporary Church Music’ and ‘Fulham Camerata’, where he holds the position of Composer in Residence.

 

Outside of composition, Ben began his musical life as a chorister at Hexham Abbey where he later went on to sing bass and became organ scholar for year 2009-2010. Following undergraduate and postgraduate music degrees at Durham and York Universities, Ben now performs regularly as a Baritone soloist, recently playing the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galetea and Plutone in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and in a number of ensembles around the UK including Britten Sinfonia, The OAE, I Fagiolini and The BBC Singers.

 

Following his Organ Scholarship at Hexham Abbey Ben went on to become ‘Interim Director of Music’ in University College Durham in 2011.  Having also spent time conducting University College Orchestra in Durham and guest conducting a number of choirs in the North East and around London, he now manages and conducts his own professional ensemble ‘Renaissance’.

Recent Highlights:

September 2018 - launch of new CD by Fieri Consort, “The Unknown Traveller”, featuring:

Short Walk of a Madman, SSAATTBB solo voices, 30’

 

Upcoming:

17th November 2018 - World premiere of “For the Fallen”, by Fulham Camerata, London

December 2018 - Launch of new CD by ORA featuring “There is no rose”