Ben is a highly experienced conductor and is Music Director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Equally at home in the concert hall, recording studio, or working in the world’s leading opera houses, Benjamin Pope is a prize-winning graduate of Oxford University and the Royal College of Music, and has huge experience of all genres of music.
He has worked with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice, Venice, Ulster Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, de Filharmonie (Royal Flemish Philharmonic), Holland Symfonia, Brussels Philharmonic (Vlaams Radio-Orkest), Tokyo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Osaka Symphoniker, Symphony Orchestra of Flemish Opera, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, New Tokyo CIty Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Royal Danish Orchestra, Royal Swedish Orchestra, Finnish National Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestra of Norwegian National Opera, Orqesta de Las Americas (Mexico), National Orchestra ERT (Athens), The Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra and London Musici.
In addition to his performances in concert, Benjamin is a highly experienced conductor for ballet: he is Music Director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders and has worked extensively with companies throughout the world including The Royal Ballet (both at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and on their international tours), New York City Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Norwegian National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, and has received invitations from many more. A long-time collaborator with Matthew Bourne, Benjamin has conducted many of his productions including the award-winning Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Highland Fling, and has been Music Director for The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands, and Play Without Words, for which Benjamin directed Terry Davies’ jazz score from the piano in the UK and Los Angeles.
Benjamin has conducted many of the major works for chorus and orchestra, including the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart and Faure in New York, The Dream of Gerontius, Carmina Burana, Elijah, Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, and the Christmas Oratorio. Operatic highlights include works by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Mozart, Rossini.
As a composer, Ben has written music for feature film, short film, television, radio, the stage and the concert hall. His works are many and varied, from the jazz-style of the “Fructose Suite” for sax quartet (which features regularly in performances by the New York Sax Quartet) to the more contemporary atmosphere of “Lady Into Fox” (Rambert), the recently-premiered “Cardoon Club” with its retro Hammond organ pastiche, to the catchy melodies of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” (which recently received its Dutch premiere in translation) and other works written for an audience of children and adults alike.
As a Music Director in the studio, Ben has a large number of credits including conducting the BAFTA award-winning and EMMY nominated soundtracks for the BBC flagship series “Walking With Dinosaurs” and “Walking With Beasts” which also feature Ben’s orchestrations. Additionally, Ben has worked on many of the most successful television series, and has worked as an arranger/conductor for an array of pop and jazz performers.
Ben’s arrangements, described in The Times as “masterful” have featured in films and on television, as well as in the theatre and concert hall, most notably in the tribute concerts to Fred Astaire, which Benjamin conducts and introduces, and interviews Fred’s daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie.