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Ben Parry

Ben Parry has a busy career as a composer, conductor, singer, arranger and music producer. He is Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choir and Director of the professional choir London Voices. He studied Music and History of Art at Cambridge University, and was a member of King’s College Choir. In the mid-1980s he joined The Swingle Singers with whom he toured globally and performed with some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Stéphane Grappelli, Pierre Boulez and Dizzy Gillespie. Moving to Edinburgh in 1995, he co-founded the Dunedin Consort, which has gone on to establish itself as Scotland’s premiere Baroque ensemble. He moved back to England in 2003, and has since held various prestigious directorial posts: at St Paul’s School, London, Junior Royal Academy of Music, King’s College, Cambridge, the Aldeburgh Festival and, subsequently, with the National Youth Choir in his current position. As Director of London Voices he has performed in leading concert houses around the world, and conducted many major film soundtracks including the music for Harry Potter, The Hobbit and Avengers. As an orchestral conductor he has worked with the Academy of Ancient Music, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. Ben’s own compositions and arrangements include a burgeoning catalogue of choral and music-production titles. He has enjoyed commissions from, among others, the BBC Singers, the National Youth Choir, St John’s College, Cambridge, and Chelmsford, Ely, Norwich and Worcester cathedrals, and his music has been heard at the BBC Proms and on TV and radio. Ben features on the credits of well over 300 recordings, broadcasts and film soundtracks.

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