Musical Directors and Conductors
Director, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
Ben Parry has a successful international career as a composer, conductor, arranger, singer and producer in both classical and light music fields. He has made over sixty recordings and his compositions and arrangements are published by Peters Edition and Faber Music. His choral piece Flame was performed by a choir of 300 singers at the 2012 BBC Proms. He is Music Director of Aldeburgh Voices, the resident choir of the Aldeburgh Festival, and co-Director of London Voices, with whom he has worked on the soundtracks of major films such as The Golden Compass, Kung Fu Panda, Harry Potter and The Iron Lady. He also works extensively with young musicians as a director of the Eton Choral Courses and is currently Director of Junior Royal Academy of Music in London.
Ben studied music at Cambridge University, where he was a member of King’s College Choir. Later he was musical director and singer with The Swingle Singers, with whom he toured the world and performed with some of the greatest musicians, including Pierre Boulez, Stephane Grapelli and Dizzy Gillespie. He composed and arranged over fifty pieces for the group. For eight years he lived in Scotland, where he co-founded the Dunedin Consort, and was also Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, Director of Choral Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and conductor of Haddo House Opera.
As a conductor, Ben has worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, Scottish Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra of Wales and Vancouver Youth Symphony. As a singer, he has worked with the Gabrieli Consort, Schütz Choir, Taverner Consort and Tenebrae, as well as on many film and TV soundtracks.
Ben became Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in October 2012.
You can find out more about Ben on his own website, www.benparry.org.