Ben Rowarth

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: London


Winner of the NCEM Composers Award (2012) and Leeds International Film Festival Best Documentary Soundtrack (2013). He has received numerous commissions and international performances including from Merton College Oxford (2014), York Minster (2015) The Tower of London (2017), The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (2018) and Emmanuel College Cambridge (2019).
Ben has been commercially recorded by ‘ORA’, ‘The Rodolfus Choir’, 'Khoros' and ‘The Fieri Consort’. His work has also received regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, including by internationally acclaimed ensemble ‘The Tallis Scholars’. Ben has also composed two live soundtracks for plays receiving exceptional reviews. The Fieri Consort’s recent recording of The Turn was made BBC Music Magazine Choice Disc of the Month in the choral and song genre, April 2018.
Ben is currently working on the music for a collaborative installation with Darren Johnston and commissions from ‘Siglo De Oro’ and ‘Fulham Camerata’, where he holds the position of Composer in Residence. He is also completing a doctorate in composition at Oxford University under the supervision of Robert Saxton.
Outside of composition, Ben began his musical life as a chorister at Hexham Abbey where he later went on to sing bass and became organ scholar for year 2009-2010. Following undergraduate and postgraduate music degrees at Durham and York Universities, Ben now performs regularly as a Baritone soloist, recently playing the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galetea and Plutone in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and in a number of ensembles around the UK including Britten Sinfonia, The OAE, I Fagiolini and The BBC Singers.
Following his Organ Scholarship at Hexham Abbey, Ben went on to become ‘Interim Director of Music’ in University College Durham in 2010-11. Other conduction positions include University College Orchestra and guest conductor of a number of choirs in the North East and the London area.
Help Musicians have provided a crucial grant that has enabled me to take up a Short Course in Film Composition at the National Film and Television Centre.