Ben Parry - Biography

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.

  Ben Parry - conductor

Ben Parry - singer
 

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, London Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, The Scottish Ensemble and the Vancouver Youth Symphony and National Welsh Youth Orchestra.

He has sung with the Gabrieli Consort, Taverner Consort and Tenebrae, as well as on many film and TV soundtracks.


Ben Parry has made over 80 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 works extensively with young musicians as Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and as a director of the Eton Choral Courses. Former positions include Director of Music at St Paul’s School in London and Director of Junior Royal Academy of Music.

He is also Music Director of Aldeburgh Voices, the resident choir at Snape Maltings near Aldeburgh.

 
The Faber Carol Book, editied by Ben Parry and Gwyn Arch

Ben Parry with Sir Paul McCartney
 

As co-Director of London Voices, he has worked with Sir Paul McCartney on his  classic choral work, Ecce Cor Meum, as well as conducting on the soundtracks of major films such as The Hobbit, Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Spectre.


Ben took to the West End stage in 1994 in the original London production of Cy Colman's musical City of Angels. He regularly adjudicates music competitions all over the UK and runs choral masterclasses and workshops around the country and in Europe and Asia.

Learn more about Ben and his music by visiting the web site,
www.benparry.net

 
City of Angels album cover