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MUSICAL DIRECTION
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Industry Recognition:

2023 Royal Television Awards

The White Handkerchief (BBC 4) - FINALIST

2022 Offie Award for Best Musical Direction

Godspell (Ye Olde Rose and Crown) - WINNER

2022 Off-Comm Award for Outstanding Show

Ordinary Days (The Cockpit) - WINNER

CURRENTLY:

WE WILL ROCK YOU
MUSICAL DIRECTOR
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL


July 2023 - June 2024

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THEATRE

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Benjamin is a professional musical director, singing teacher, conductor and composer, named as 2022 Offie Award Winner for Best Musical Director, with extensive experience conducting for theatre productions across the UK and internationally.

After reading Music at The University of York, Ben graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with an MA in Musical Direction and with a PGCert in Vocal Pedagogy from Voice Study Centre and University of Wales, Trinity St. David with Distinction. He is a registered Vocal Health First Aider (VHFA) with Vocal Health UK.

 

CREDITS

 

As Musical Supervisor/Conductor and Orchestrator

The White Handkerchief  (BroadwayOnDemand, BBC 1 NI, BBC 4)

As Musical Director

We Will Rock You  (Royal Caribbean International)

Godspell  (Off-West End / Ye Olde Rose and Crown) 

The Music of James Bond  (Germany Tour / Reset Productions Ltd.) 

Ordinary Days  (Off-West End / The Cockpit, London)

West End Misfits  (The Other Palace, London)

Peter Pandemic  (Off-West End / Canal Café Theatre) 

Sleeping Beauty  (Imagine Theatre) 

Cinderella  (Imagine Theatre) 

Edges (NI Premiere) (The Playhouse, Derry)

A Little Night Music  (City Academy)

Sweet Charity  (Emil Dale Academy)

Evita  (City Academy, London)

Matilda (International College of Musical Theatre, Belfast)

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! (The Playhouse, Derry)

The Producers (City Academy, London)

Pippin (SLP College, Leeds)

Kiss Me Kate (SLP College, Leeds)

Lizzie and The Dark  (Opera Schmopera)

As Assistant Musical Director/Keyboard/Rehearsal Pianist

The Sound of Music  (Cyprus)

My Favorite Year  (Mountview, Mack Theatre)

Brass (Mountview / Bernie Grant Arts Centre)

Crazy For You (Mountview / The Pleasance, Islington)

Death Takes a Holiday (Mountview)

Fiddler On The Roof  (Mountview)

The Piper Of Hamelin  (National Youth Music Theatre)

CHORAL

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Ben's choral journey began when, aged 16, he joined Ulster Youth Choir under Greg Beardsell, taking singing lessons with Robert Rice. With UYC, he performed on BBC Songs of Praise and as part of BBC Youth Proms Chorus for Britten's War Requiem accompanied by City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) (conducted by Andris Nelsons) at The Royal Albert Hall.

 

Ben's own conducting career began at aged 17 when he was invited to direct a gospel choir to back Elvis tribute band, Letterkenny CatsIn 2014, Ben was appointed as Musical Director for Military Wives Choir, York, for whom he directed a very busy concert series including Scarborough Proms (highlighted by Alfie Boe), BBC Radio 3, Remembrance Sunday services at York Minster and album recordings with Lulu, Aled Jones and many others.

 

He went on to accept positions conducting Harmonize Contemporary Choir and Park Grove Children's Choir and served a season as Guest Conductor for Easingwold Singers. In 2017, he was invited to serve as Guest Musical Director for BBC York In Harmony. Now based in London, Ben serves as Musical Director for BBC Children In Need in Hintze Hall, Natural History Museum and an Associate Musical Director for Interlude Choir, London.

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