Ben studied Music at The University of York before completing his MA in Musical Direction at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. In addition to his extensive work in theatre, Ben was Musical Director for Military Wives Choir, York for four years, also conducting Harmonize Contemporary Choir and Park Grove Children’s Choir. He was invited to conduct for BBC Children in Need 2019 and looks forward to returning as Musical Director for the next season. He was also engaged as a Guest Musical Director for BBC York in Harmony 2017. As a singing teacher, Ben is in high demand and has experience teaching for many colleges and drama schools, including Italia Conti, Emil Dale Academy, PQA College, SLP College, Leeds and Momentum Performing Arts Academy (MPAA). He works regularly as Musical Director/Singing Teacher for Spirit Young Performers Company (SYPC), South London Youth Theatre (SLYT) and City Academy and is Artistic Director for Riverside Musical Theatre Summer School programme for Ulster University. When not conducting or teaching, Ben is a registered music examiner for ICMA Contemporary Music Examination Board.
MD Credits: Kiss Me Kate (Polish Theatre, Hammersmith), Sweet Charity (Pleasance Theatre), West End Misfits - The Valentine’s Edition (The Other Palace), Sweet Charity (Factory Playhouse, Hitchin), West End Misfits - The Xmas Edition (The Other Palace), And the World Goes Round (Minerva, USA), Mozart! (UK Premiere) (Catalyst Festival), Sleeping Beauty (Imagine Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry), Cinderella (Imagine Theatre, Grimsby
Auditorium), Underneath the Arches (Plowright Theatre), It’s Showtime! (Grand Opera House, York), Songs For A New World (Orillo Studios), Another Op’nin’ Another Show! (Grand Opera House, York), Pippin, Kiss Me Kate (SLP College), Anything Goes, Fame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Riverside Theatre, Coleraine), Elvis Gospel Tribute Night (Memphis Cats, Letterkenny)
Assistant MD: My Favorite Year (Mountview Theatre), Death Takes a Holiday (Mountview),
Crazy For You (Pleasance Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Mountview), Brass (Bernie Grant Arts Centre)
Other: The Sound of Music (Cyprus) - Rehearsal Pianist, Spoiled For Choice! (a musical theatre song cycle) - Composer/MD, The Selfish Giant (a children’s musical) - Composer/Director