Benjamin Costello MA PGDip BMus FRSA
Ben is a freelance conductor, musical director, adjudicator, singing coach and accompanist, working internationally. He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival combined choirs concerts, Assistant Artistic Director and Accompanist of Thames Philharmonic Choir, Guest Conductor of the Voices of Hangzhou Youth Choir, a lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, and a musical director and singing coach at Laine Theatre Arts.
Ben has been a musical director with numerous productions across the U.K. is a guest conductor with various choirs, and as an accompanist collaborates with countless singers and instrumentalists. His early career included répétiteur work for groups including the London Symphony Orchestra. He judges at festivals internationally as an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and the Schools Music Association, with recent and forthcoming visits to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Ireland and China.
A specialist in musical theatre, Ben has worked for Arts Ed (London), Mountview Academy, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Guildford School of Acting, the Royal Academy of Music, the London College of Music, Starquest Performers College, and the universities of London, Surrey and Kingston.
Born and based in London, Ben trained initially as a flautist, with subsequent studies in piano, singing and conducting. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, a member of the Court of the Royal Society of Musicians, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Freeman of the City of London. He is a keen motorcyclist.
Ben can be contacted on +44 (0)7889 659324
(Biography updated September 2016)