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Ben Parry Biography

Ben Parry

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Living in: England

Ben Parry is an established conductor, composer, arranger, singer and producer in both classical and light music fields. He has made over sixty CD recordings and his compositions and arrangements are published by Peters Edition and Faber Music, including the popular Faber Carol Book and Music for Special Occasions. He collaborates regularly with the writer Garth Bardsley, and their choral piece, "Flame" was performed by a choir of 300 singers at the Royal Albert Hall in the 2012 BBC Proms. Major commissions include the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington DC, BBC Singers and the Aldeburgh Fesitval.

He is Director of Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music, and works extensively with young musicians as a director of the Eton Choral Courses and as former Director of Music at St Paul's School in London. As co-Director of the professional choir London Voices, he has worked closely with Sir Paul McCartney on his classical choral work, Ecce Cor Meum, as well as conducting on the soundtracks of major films such as The Golden Compass, Kung Fu Panda, Inkheart, Iron Man 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. London Voices performed Stockhausen's Mittwoch for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in Birmingham Festival and Berio's Sinfonia with the National Youth Orchestra in 2009. Ben is the new Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and will direct the choirs in Monteverdi's Vespers in the Royal Albert Hall in April, 2013.

Ben studied 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 and co-produced their albums for Virgin Classics and EMI.

For eight years he lived in Scotland, where he co-founded the distinguished vocal ensemble Dunedin Consort, and was also Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and Director of Choral Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. As an orchestral conductor he was worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, The Scottish Ensemble and the Vancouver Youth Symphony. He conducted five productions from 1999 as Music Director of Haddo House Opera. He has sung with the Gabrieli Consort, Taverner Consort and Tenebrae, as well as on many film and TV soundtracks.

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