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Ben Castle is an award winning saxophone and clarinet player who has performed and recorded with a vast array of incredible artists across many genres. Equally as passionate about composing, he has written award-winning music and songs for his own projects, theatre, TV, film, adverts and various other commissions. 

Whether it’s playing, composing, writing songs, arranging or helping others with their musical vision, Ben is happy to be making music. His new album is planned for release later this year. Sign up to the NEWSLETTER if you would like to be kept up to date.

For more biographical detail go to the ABOUT page.

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Ben Castle Musician page


Musician

Ben Castle Musician page


Musician

Ben has played and/or recorded with/for -

ARTISTS

Gregory Porter / Radiohead / Blur / Stan Tracey / Paloma Faith / Quincy Jones / Lianne La Havas / Sting / Amy Winehouse / Nick Cave / Tony Bennett / Dizzee Rascal / Grace Jones / Marlena Shaw / Culture Club / John Dankworth / Cleo Laine / Matthew Herbert / Duke Special / George Michael / Gloria Estefan / Andy Williams / Laura Mvula / Jamie Cullum / Jools Holland / Boy George / Debbie Harry / Kenny Wheeler / Tim Minchin / Annie Lennox / Diana Krall / Johnny Mathis / Rufus Wainwright / Matthew E White / Crowded House / KD Lang / Kurt Elling / James Morrison / Humphrey Lyttelton / The Divine Comedy / Carleen Anderson / Keane / Kylie Minogue / Michael Bublé / Jarvis Cocker / Me'shell Ndegeocello / Curtis Stigers / Paul Anka / Julian Argüelles / Chrissie Hynde / Guillemots / Tom Jones / Will Young / Supergrass / Steven Wilson / Foxygen / Natalie Prass / Russell Brand / Paolo Nutini / Madness / I Am Kloot / Matt Berry / Ed Harcourt / Beverly Knight / Patrick Wolf / Fontella Bass / Lalo Schifrin / Luke Sital-Singh / Kyle Eastwood / Gloria Gaynor / David Brent / Eumir Deodato / Steve Hackett / Ella Eyre / Kula Shaker / Beth Rowley / Matt Lucas / Johnny Hallyday / Marillion / Rae Morris / John Newman / Georgie Fame / Alan Broadbent / Angelique Kidjo / Sweet Billy Pilgrim / Lalah Hathaway / The Brand New Heavies / Aqualung / Cliff Richard / Foy Vance / Carl Barat / Robbie Williams / Corinne Bailey Rae / Shirley Bassey / Will.i.am / Omar / Moloko / Polar Bear / Paul Carrack / Michael Bolton / Tim Garland / Incognito / Athlete / Katie Melua / Gary Barlow / Rumer / Roberto Carlos / Miles Kane / Dee Dee Bridgwater / Shaun Escoffery / The Drifters / Englebert Humperdinck / Mica Paris / Tony Christie / Arthur Brown / Storm Corrosion / Guy Barker / Westlife / Rick Wakeman / The Young Punx / Freemasons / Fyfe Dangerfield / Reef / Sade / McFly / Steve Smith / The Overtones / 4 Hero / Embrace / Chris Botti / Marc Almond / Jessie J / Keziah Jones / Ollie Murs / No-Man / Toploader / Sandie Shaw

PRODUCERS

Larry Klein / Phil Ramone / Steve Albini / Nigel Godrich / Ethan Johns / Peter Asher / Hal Wilner / Marius De Vries / Leo Abrahams / Trevor Horn / Steve Lipson / Guy Chambers / Bob Ezrin / Bobby Colomby / Steve Power / Stewart Levine / Ian Broudie / Matt Hales / Steve Levine / John Rutter

COMPOSERS

John Williams / James Newton Howard / Hans Zimmer / Stephen Sondheim / David Arnold / Stephen Warbeck / Murray Gold / Gabriel Yared / Matthew Herbert / George Fenton / Laurie Holloway / Damon Albarn / Ben Foster / Nick Foster / Pete Raeburn / Oli Julian / Philip Pope / Ray Monk / Adrian Johnston / Bob Chilcott / Lorne Balfe / Steve Sidwell / Rupert Gregson-Williams / Éric Neveux

FILM SOUNDTRACKS

An Education / Michael Jackson: This Is It / Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Into The Woods / David Brent: Life On The Road / Madagascar 3 / The Illusionist / Blood Orange / Nina / Penguins of Madagascar / Sandy Wexler / Ordinary Decent Criminal / Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang / Absolutely Anything / Chocolat (2016) / Hoodwinked 2 / Nicholas on Holiday / Journey 2: The Mysterious Island / Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism / Alfie (2004) / Mike Bassett: England Manager

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Ben Castle Composer & Arranger page


Composer & Arranger

Ben Castle Composer & Arranger page


Composer & Arranger

COMPOSER

Ben has composed music in a wide array of genres. His own albums are a melting pot for his love of many styles of music and the experiences he has picked up along the way. He has also written music for theatre, film and TV.

 Compositions include -

  • A co-write with Shri on his award winning 'Just A Vibration' album
  • Music for Double Feature at The National Theatre
  • Music for Lurpak Freestyle advertisement co-written with Soundtree Music
  • 'Postmankind' - Prog Rock meets Jazz. A collaboration with Marillion's Ian Mosley
  • Commissions including The Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, Chaconne Brass Quintet and various jazz ensembles

The Lurpak Freestyle advert won -

  • BTAA Craft Awards. Gold. Best Original Music
  • Shots Awards. Silver. Best Use Of Music
  • ClioAwards. Bronze. Best Use Of Original Music
  • Music + Sound Awards. Best Original Composition In Broadcast Advertising

'The Heckler' from Ben's 'Blah Street' album won the jazz category of The International Songwriting Awards in 2003, judged by Pat Metheny and Arif Mardin.
Weather Report's Joe Zawinul asked Ben if he could record his own version of 'The Heckler' but sadly died before he had the chance.

ARRANGER

Ben has had much experience of arranging music for orchestra, big band, brass section, string quartet, choir, brass band, woodwinds and he loves the challenge of writing for any combination of instruments.

His recent arranging highlights include -

  • Matthew Herbert / Album / 'The Shakes' - brass section
  • Lianne La Havas / Single / 'What You Don't Do' - brass section
  • Shri / Award winning Album / 'Just a Vibration' - arrangements for brass band + sitar + Shri
  • Tom Chaplin / Album / 'The Wave' - brass band & woodwinds
  • David Brent / Album & Film / 'Life On The Road' - brass section
  • Duke Special / various orchestral, string quartet & brass arrangements
  • Ciaran Lavery / Forthcoming Album / woodwinds
  • New Jackson / Album / 'From Night To Night' - woodwinds

Previous highlights include -

Paolo Nutini / Boy George / Luke Sital-Singh / Mica Paris / Jamie Cullum / Culture Club / Kula Shaker / Carleen Anderson / Will Young / Beth Rowley / Cliff Richard / Marillion / Pop Idol / Matt Lucas (for Shooting Stars) / The Brand New Heavies / Julian Clary / Taboo - The Musical / The BBC Concert Orchestra / The RTÉ Concert Orchestra / The BBC Big Band

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Ben Castle Songwriter page


songwriter

Ben Castle Songwriter page


songwriter

SONGwriter

 

As well as writing songs for his own albums, Ben has also written songs with/for -

Beth Rowley -

  • 'You've Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger' commissioned and written for the Oscar nominated film 'An Education'. 
  • 'Little Dreamer' - UK top ten album including the hit single 'Oh My Life' - BBC Radio 2 Record of the Week.

Duke Special - 'Tango Tangle' from 'The Silent World of Hector Mann'

Carleen Anderson - 'Night Falls' and 'Desiderata' from 'Alberta's Granddaughter' 

Tom Basden - songs from 'There Is A War' at The National Theatre

Clare Teal - 'Everything is You' from the film 'Confetti'

He is currently working with some up and coming artists on some exciting new material. Watch this space (if you want to).

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Ben Castle Musical Director & Producer page


Musical Director

& Producer

Ben Castle Musical Director & Producer page


Musical Director

& Producer

Musical Director

  • Will Young various jazz gigs 2010 - present
  • Double Feature at The National Theatre 2011
  • Carleen Anderson 2001 - 2008
  • Beth Rowley 2003 - 2009
  • Pop Idol Tour 2002 Ben was the Musical Director for The Big Blue, the big band who accompanied the Pop Idol contestants on the TV show, arena tour and number one album. They were also the band who jumped up in the pews in the Love Actually wedding scene.

Producer

  • Beth Rowley - 2 songs for the Oscar nominated film 'An Education', Beth Rowley EP, Sweet Hours EP & various bonus tracks
  • Carleen Anderson - 'Alberta's Granddaughter' album
  • Postmankind - instrumental album with Marillion's Ian Mosley featuring Steve Hackett, Steve Rothery and John Etheridge
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Ben Castle Recording Artist page


RECORDING ARTIST

Ben Castle Recording Artist page


RECORDING ARTIST

A Brand spanking new album will be coming out in 2017

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The Tombola Theory
Over The Moon EP

Released 2014
Featuring Ben Castle, Mara Carlyle, Alice Grant, Oren Marshall, Martin Wheatley, Mike Outram, Pat Illingworth, Ash Soan, Mark Edwards, Jim Watson, Mike Innes, Tom Allan.
Written by Ben Castle
Produced by Paul Pilot
Artwork by Gabi Froden

It totally blew my mind, I absolutely loved it
— Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
 
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Blah Street

Released 2004
Featuring Ben Castle, Mark Edwards, Tim Harries & Phil Crabbe
Plus guests Beth Rowley, Kevin Jamieson, Enrico Tomasso & Mike Innes
Mixed by Steven Wilson & Colin Walker

All compositions by Ben Castle except 'Green Fairy' & 'Lunar Bloom' by Tim Harries

 
You must check out this band, they are funny and they are great. They have a great future ahead of them
— Joe Zawinul
 
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four from the madding Crowd

Recorded August 1997
Released 2000
Ben Castle: tenor sax, clarinet
Mark Edwards: piano, samples, organ
Tim Harries: electric bass, organ
Phil Crabbe: drums, percussion
Terl Bryant: percussion

All compositions by Ben Castle except 'whenever' by Tim Harries