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ABOUT

"A very talented individual, highly skilled and clearly naturally gifted."

- Dave Adey, Music Director

"Extremely professional, knowledgeable and of course exceptionally talented! "

- Nick Palazzolo, Singer and Performer

Ben is an experienced music director and pianist in the context of musical theatre - a ‘first-call’ player known for his reliability and strong sight-reading skills. Ben regularly works as a vocal coach/rehearsal pianist and has received commendations for his band and orchestra direction and conducting. He has worked as a pianist/accompanist in London and New York with West End and Broadway talent, including Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen - Broadway), Brodie Donougher (Billy Elliot The Musical - London) and David Breeds (Dear Evan Hansen - London).

Ben's professional credits as music director include:

  • The Mad Ones - UK Premiere (2021), 54/Below Concert (2022)

  • Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier - Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2021)

  • Edges - (2021)

Ben is in demand as a saxophone player both in big bands and for smaller functions. He regularly plays tenor saxophone on The Magic of Motown UK Tour and has performed at many other events nationwide. Ben's abilities as a practical improviser, combined with strong sight reading skills, make him ideal for any gig or function from a wind orchestra to a wedding covers band.

He is the music director of ‘The Ben Ward Big Band’, a high-energy 20-piece jazz orchestra comprised of talented music students and top professional players. The band performs extremely challenging charts to sell-out audiences, and have played unique charts written especially for the band by some of the top international big band arrangers of the modern day (Gordon Goodwin, Alan Ferber, Callum Au).