Benjamin Costello MA PGDip BMus FRSA
Ben is presently Artistic Director of Thames Concerts Ltd, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the annual Leith Hill Musical Festival Spring Concert, Conductor of the Voices of Hangzhou Youth Choir, China, and a musical director and singing tutor at Laine Theatre Arts.
Outside of these commitments he enjoys a busy portfolio career as a freelance musical director, singing coach, accompanist and adjudicator. He has been involved as a musical director with many productions across the U.K., is a guest conductor and workshop leader with various choirs, and as an accompanist collaborates with countless singers and instrumentalists.
A specialist in musical theatre, Ben has worked extensively for most of the major colleges including Arts Ed, Mountview, GSA, LAMDA, RAM, and LCM (staff MD for six years), together with the universities of London, Surrey and Kingston.
Ben adjudicates at competitive festivals and schools throughout the U.K. as an adjudicator member of both the British and International Federation of Festivals and the Schools Music Association, and works overseas as a conductor and adjudicator with increasing frequency, with recent and forthcoming visits to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Sri Lanka and Zhejiang.
He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and on the Court of the Royal Society of Musicians. His interests include motorcycling, food and drink, and composing.
Ben can be contacted on +44 (0)7889 659324
(Biography updated February 2015)