Ben Levy

    • Musical Director
    • Assistant Musical Director

    London, United Kingdom

Bands

  • Band Role
  • BBC Children in Need 2021 Musical Director
  • BBC Children In Need 2019 Musical Director
  • Military Wives Choir, York Musical Director
  • Harmonize Contemporary Choir Musical Director
  • Easingwold Singers (Easingwold) Temporary Musical Director
  • Memphis Cats (Letterkenny) Visiting Musical Director

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2021Special mention must go to the Musical Director Ben Levy for adapting his skills to the many styles and eras.
Andrew Lee
northwestend.co.uk
2021"... well-trained voices of the cast. Benjamin Levy's full piano accompaniment also makes the stage seem bigger than it is.
BP Flanagan
theupcoming.co.uk

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2021 - 2022Musical Director
Tour (National)
The Music of James Bond - And More!
Kolja Schallenberg
Reset Productions Ltd.
Germany Tour
2021 - 2022Musical Director
Music Direction
Godspell (Off-West End)
Brendan Matthew
Cr8tract Theatre Company
Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre
2020 - 2021Musical Director/Michael Darling/Crocodile
Music Direction
Peter Pandemic
Brendan Matthew
Canal Cafe Theatre
Canal Café Theatre
2020 - 2021Musical Director
Music Direction
Kiss Me Kate
Alan Pearson
City Academy
The Polish Theatre
2020 - 2021Musical Director
Music Direction
West End Misfits (Valentine's Edition)
Nic Chiapetta, Boris Lapshov and Lara Elizabeth
West End Misfits
The Other Palace, London
2019 - 2020Musical Director
Music Direction
Sweet Charity
Amy Ross
Emil Dale Academy
Factory Playhouse, Hitchin
2019 - 2020Musical Director
Music Direction
West End Misfits (Xmas Edition)
Nic Chiapetta, Boris Lapshov and Lara Elizabeth
West End Misfits
The Other Palace, London
2019 - 2020Musical Director
Music Direction
And The World Goes Round
Michael Scheman
Camp Baco and Che-Na-Wah
Baco Social Hall
2019Assistant Musical Director/Keyboard
Music Direction
My Favorite Year
Suzy Catliff
Mountview
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
2019Assistant Musical Director
Music Direction
Death Takes A Holiday
Jack Sain
Mountview
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
2019Assistant Musical Director
Music Direction
Crazy For You
Paul Foster
Mountview
Pleasance Theatre, Islington
2019Composer/MD
Composing / Arranging
Spoiled For Choice! (A Musical Theatre Song Cycle)Mountview
Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts
2018 - 2019Associate Musical Director
Music Direction
Sleeping Beauty
Iain Lauchlan
Imagine Theatre Company
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
2018Assistant Musical Director
Music Direction
Fiddler On The Roof
Samuel Harjanne
Mountview
Backstage Theatre, Mountview
2018Assistant Musical Director/Keyboard
Music Direction
Brass
Benjamin Till
Mountview
Bernie Grant Arts Centre
2018Musical Director
Music Direction
Underneath The Arches
Darren Johnson
Plowright Theatre
Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe
2018Head of Singing/Musical Director
Music Direction
Let Me Entertain You
Charlotte Woodcock
SLP College
Carriageworks Theatre
2018Musical Director
Music Direction
Pippin
Adam Stadius
SLP College
Studio Theatre, SLP College
2017Musical Director/Vocal Coach
Music Direction
Cinderella
Paul Gibson
Imagine Theatre Company
Grimsby Auditorium
2017Musical Director
Music Direction
Another Op'nin' Another Show
Kirsty Sparks
SLP College
Grand Opera House, York
2017Musical Director
Music Direction
Beauty and the Beast
Diana Brooks
North Yorkshire Acting Academy
Selby Town Hall
2017Musical Director
Music Direction
Kiss Me Kate
Adam Stadius
SLP College
Studio Theatre
2017Composer and Director
Composing / Arranging
The Selfish Giant
Ben Levy (self)
Lights Up Theatre Company
Carlton Village Hall
2016Musical Director
Music Direction
Lizzie and the Dark
Omar Shahryar
Opera Schmopera
Various Venues
2016Musical Director
Music Direction
Oliver!
Diana Brooks
Jorvik Theatre
Jorvik Theatre and Arts Centre
2016Assistant Musical Director
Music Direction
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Jeremy James Taylor
National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT)
Touring Production
2015Director and Musical Director
Music Direction
Anything Goes
Ben Levy (self)
Lights Up Theatre Company
Riverside Theatre Coleraine, University of Ulster
2015Musical Director
Music Direction
Songs For A New World
Thomas Ryalls and Em Barrett
Orillo Studios
Orillo Studios, York
2014Director and Musical Director
Music Direction
FAME - The Musical
Ben Levy (self)
Lights Up Theatre Company
Riverside Theatre Coleraine, University of Ulster
2013Director and Musical Director
Music Direction
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ben Levy (self)
Lights Up Theatre Company
Riverside Theatre Coleraine, University of Ulster
2013Musical Director
Music Direction
Elvis Gospel NightThe Memphis Cats, Letterkenny
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
  • Equipment

    I own (and can operate):
    Kawai ES-8 Stage Piano, Yamaha Piaggero NP31, Keystudio M-Audio 49i MIDI Keyboard, Macbook Pro (with Logic Pro, Garageband and Sibelius 7), Yamaha DGX640 Digital Piano

    About me

    Benjamin is an experienced musical director, singing teacher and composer working predominantly in theatre and choral fields. His training includes an MA in Musical Direction from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and a BA (Hons) in Music from The University of York where he studied classical voice under John Powell and conducting under John Stringer. Benjamin is a certified Vocal Health First Aider (VHFA) with Vocal Health UK and is currently working toward his certificate of Certificate of Figure Proficiency (EFP) with Estill Voice International.

    In theatre, Benjamin is currently regular musical director for West End Misfits, working with them on their shows at The Other Palace, London. He is looking forward to serving as musical director for Godspell (Off-West End, Ye Olde Rose and Crown) and The Music of James Bond (Germany Tour) later this year. Previous credits include Peter Pandemic (Canal Café Theatre, London), Sweet Charity (Factory Playhouse, Hitchin), The World Goes Round (Camp Baco, USA), Mozart! (UK Premiere), Sleeping Beauty (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Underneath The Arches (Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe), Pippin (SLP College), Cinderella (Grimsby Auditorium), Kiss Me Kate (SLP College), Lizzie and the Dark (Opera Schmopera) and Elvis Gospel Tribute Night (Riverside Theatre, Coleraine).

    Benjamin has considerable experience as a choral conductor, having previously directed a wide range of vocal ensembles including Military Wives Choir, York, Harmonize Contemporary Choir, Park Grove Children’s Choir, Vocal Point and Easingwold Singers. In 2017, Benjamin was invited to work as Guest Musical Director for BBC York in Harmony and was later invited to serve as Musical Director for BBC Children in Need in October 2019, conducting the large children’s choir as part of the televised Enterprise Charity Gala in Hintze Hall in the heart of The Natural History Museum. He has been re-engaged to conduct for BBC Children in Need once again for 2021.

    As a singing teacher, Benjamin is in considerable demand and has taught singing technique, ensemble singing and acting through song across many UK arts institutions including Emil Dale Academy (EDA), Italia Conti Academy, Momentum Performing Arts Academy, PQA Full-Time College, Bodens College of Performing Arts, Urdang Academy and SLP College, Leeds (where he served as Resident Director of Music and Head of Singing for SLP Junior Academy). Today, on top of a very busy private teaching practice, Benjamin works as Resident Musical Director and Singing Teacher for Spirit Young Performers Company (SYPC), City Academy, and South London Youth Theatre (SLYT). He has also been Artistic Director for Riverside Musical Theatre Summer School educational outreach project for Ulster University since 2016.

    In composition, Ben wrote the libretto, music and lyrics for a new children’s musical The Selfish Giant (based on the original short story by Oscar Wilde) before writing a contemporary musical theatre song cycle called Spoiled For Choice! Both enjoyed successful workshops with the former set to be produced by a children’s theatre company in the USA. Otherwise, Ben enjoys occasional engagements as a singer and is a registered music examiner with ICMA Contemporary Music Examination Board.

    Additional Skills

    Teaching

    Conducting

    Accompaniment

    Keyboard/Piano

  • Skills

    Musical Style
    • Barbershop
    • Baroque
    • Cabaret
    • Carol
    • Classical
    • Close harmony
    • Gospel
    • Jazz
    • Pop
    Home Studio
    • Yes
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • French
    • Spanish
    Years in industry
    • 3 to 6 years
    Organisations
    • ISM
    • Musicians' Union
    Primary Instrument
    • Piano
    DBS checked
    • Yes (within last 12 months)
    Interested in
    • Composing/Arranging
    • Education / Therapy
    • Live Performance
    • Music Direction
    • Opera
    • Session Musician
    • Songwriter
    • Teacher
    • Tour (International)
    • Tour (UK)
    Musical Skills
    • Keyboard
    • Piano