Benjamin Costello MA PGDip BMus FRSA
Ben is a freelance 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, Musical Director of Southampton Choral Society, Assistant Artistic Director of Thames Philharmonic Choir, and on the faculty at Laine Theatre Arts. Over a twenty-year freelance career he has been a musical director on numerous productions across the U.K. and remains a guest conductor and workshop leader with various choirs.
Ben judges at festivals internationally as a generalist music adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, with recent and forthcoming visits to adjudicate or perform in Southern Africa, China, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Italy and Ireland. He has formed particularly strong ties with Zimbabwe and Botswana, making regular visits there since conducting the opening gala concert of the Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2010.
A specialist in musical theatre, with his work in that field embracing musical direction, singing teaching, lecturing and dramaturgy, Ben’s permanent posts have included Arts Educational, Laine Theatre Arts, Guildford School of Acting and the London College of Music, whilst also working for the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban, Mountview Academy, Drama Studio London, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has also lectured for universities including London, Surrey, Kingston and Portsmouth. Countless of his former singing students enjoy successful careers in the West End and beyond.
Born and based in London, Ben trained initially as a flautist, and subsequently majored in piano, singing and conducting. His early career included répétiteur work with the London Symphony Orchestra, together with various London theatre and opera groups and he remains much sought-after as an outstanding accompanist in musical theatre repertoire. He continues to collaborate with countless singers, instrumentalists and vocal groups.
Ben is a long-standing member of the Court of the Royal Society of Musicians, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, organising and chairing the Company’s annual musical direction scholarship. Outside of music he is a keen motorcyclist.
Ben can be contacted on +44 (0)7889 659324
(Biography updated May 2018)