Ben studied the trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he won the Sema Jazz improvisation prize. Whilst still studying, Ben performed regularly with many of the North West’s professional Orchestras including the Hallé and Manchester Camerata, before moving south to play in London’s West End and notably with the late great Kirsty MacColl, recording and touring extensively with her across Europe.
Over the last 25 years he has had a very active career in music education as a trumpet teacher and conductor and was formally Head of St Albans Music School, before taking up his current position at the Royal College of Music in 2017. As well as helping manage the prestigious RCM Junior Department, he works in the industry leading ‘RCM Sparks’ Learning and Participation department, developing and managing the Sparks Schools’ programme, Hub partnerships, Sparkles and Sparks Juniors programmes. He is currently developing a music learning strategy for children with Special Educational Needs, particularly Specific Learning Difficulties and dyslexia.
Faculties / departments: Junior Department
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