Ben Crick YSO Artistic Director and Founder

Ben has been working in music for 20 years, mainly as a freelance orchestral conductor and composer. He is a former BBC Music Fellow and has conducted such soloists as Tasmin Little, Peter Donohoe, Nicholas Daniels, Raphael Wallfisch, Lesley Garrett, Sir Willard White, Aled Jones and Dame Emma Kirkby. He has worked throughout the UK and internationally including performances in Germany, Norway and Lithuania.

His work aims to present western classical music stripped of surrounding pretensions, so that the music can speak for itself. To facilitate this in 2004 he created Skipton Building Society Camerata, of which he is still the Artistic Director, with this ensemble he has performed in pubs, shopping centres, train stations and schools alongside many concerts in more traditional venues.

His compositions and arrangements have been performed at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Wigmore Hall and the Bridgewater Hall to name but a few venues as well as festivals throughout the UK. Major projects include collaborations with Ian McMillan, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Simon Armitage.

He is a staff conductor at the Leeds Conservatoire, has written for BBC Music Magazine, Opera Now and Early Music Today, translated 3 operas and has been a guest contributor for BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.

Outside of music he’s into climbing, caving, fell running, rugby league and being a dad who ropes his son into the aforementioned activities.

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