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.
Ben has played and/or recorded with/for -
Gregory Porter / Radiohead / Blur / Stan Tracey / Quincy Jones / Sting / Amy Winehouse / Nick Cave / Lianne La Havas / George Michael / Paloma Faith / Tony Bennett / Paul Weller / Dizzee Rascal / Grace Jones / Father John Misty / Marlena Shaw / Culture Club / John Dankworth / Cleo Laine / Matthew Herbert / Duke Special / Elton John / Gloria Estefan / Andy Williams / Laura Mvula / Jamie Cullum / Hawkwind / Jools Holland / Annie Lennox / Boy George / Debbie Harry / Kenny Wheeler / Little Simz / Tim Minchin / Diana Krall / Johnny Mathis / Rufus Wainwright / Matthew E White / Chrissie Hynde / Crowded House / Steve Mason / 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 / Guillemots / Tom Jones / Will Young / Supergrass / Sophie Ellis-Bextor / Steven Wilson / Imelda May / Mike Scott / Foxygen / Natalie Prass / Russell Brand / Paolo Nutini / Madness / Swing Out Sister / I Am Kloot / Matt Berry / Ed Harcourt / Lisa Stansfield / 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 / The Vamps / Sweet Billy Pilgrim / Lalah Hathaway / Go West / The Brand New Heavies / Aqualung / Cliff Richard / Foy Vance / Carl Barat / Pete Doherty / 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 / Shakin Stevens / 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
Larry Klein / Phil Ramone / Steve Albini / Nigel Godrich / Ethan Johns / Peter Asher / Hal Wilner / Marius De Vries / Leo Abrahams / Trevor Horn / Steve Lipson / Iain Archer / Guy Chambers / Bob Ezrin / Bobby Colomby / Steve Power / Stewart Levine / Ian Broudie / Matt Hales / Steve Levine / John Rutter
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
Rocketman / Gloria Bell / An Education / Catch 22 / Michael Jackson: This Is It / Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Into The Woods / David Brent: Life On The Road / Madagascar 3 / The Crown / Sex Education / The Illusionist / Blood Orange / Nina / Motherland / Penguins of Madagascar / A Fantastic Woman / Plebs / Timewasters / Sandy Wexler / Confetti / Episodes / Cuckoo / 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
Composer & Arranger
Composer & Arranger
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 Just Eat - Magic is Real advertisement co-written with Soundtree Music
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.
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’s Brexit Big Band
Lianne La Havas / Single / 'What You Don't Do' - brass section
Tom Chaplin / Album / 'The Wave' - brass band & woodwinds
Matthew Herbert / Album / 'The Shakes' - brass section
Shri / Award winning Album / 'Just a Vibration' - arrangements for brass band + sitar + Shri
Nakhane / 'Teen Prayer' - saxes
David Brent / Album & Film / 'Life On The Road' - brass section
Duke Special / various orchestral, string quartet & brass arrangements
Ciaran Lavery / ‘Sweet Decay’ 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
As well as writing songs for his own albums, Ben has also written songs with/for -
Beth Rowley -
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).
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
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
Recorded August 1997
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