Ben Ward is currently pursuing a professional career as a pianist, saxophonist and music director.
He is in demand as a saxophone player both in big bands and for smaller functions. Ben regularly plays tenor and baritone saxophones on The Magic of Motown UK Tour and has performed at many other events nationwide. His 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 big band.
Ben is also a highly skilled music director and pianist in the context of musical theatre. Having played for over forty productions around the Midlands area, he is 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 David Breeds (Dear Evan Hansen - London), Brodie Donougher (Billy Elliot The Musical - London) and Michael Lee Brown (Dear Evan Hansen - Broadway).
As a composer, Ben is currently writing his first original musical in collaboration with book-writer Adam Guest - 'Upside Down: A New Musical' will be entering the workshop stage of development by early 2021.
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 regularly performs extremely challenging charts to sell-out audiences, and have played unique charts commissioned especially for the band.
Jazz/commercial experience includes:
The Magic of Motown UK Tour (Tenor/Baritone Saxophones),
Beyond Bublé (Tenor Saxophone/Flute)
Nottingham Jazz Orchestra (Saxophones),
RWCMD Big Band (Saxophones)
Nottingham Trent University Big Band (Piano/Keyboards),
Prestige 6 Orchestra (Alto Saxophone).
References are available on request for all roles and instruments.
Ben has studied with some of the finest musicians on the national and international scene.
Piano: Daniel Kluger and Ben Cohn.
Woodwind Doubling: James Mainwaring
Arranging: Gordon Goodwin
He has also taken masterclasses with a wide array of music talent, including: