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