Ben Bartlett is one of the UK’s most in-demand composers. His music has spanned a huge range of TV and Film over the last 20 years.
Since winning a BAFTA for his score for the BBC blockbuster Walking With Dinosaurs, as well as receiving a Primetime Emmy Nomination, Ben’s work has been heard on innumerable award-winning productions. Whilst building a truly vast body of experience in both tv and film, Ben has received many other award recognitions including an Ivor Novello Nomination for his score for BBC Scotland’s Fiona’s Story, and several Royal Television Society nominations including the feature The Mark of Cain directed by Marc Munden. His score for the period drama Lucan inspired the Guardian to write “…Bartlett’s music has been the crowning glory of this show…” and received a MASA nomination.
Ben’s much-loved music to the highly popular long running ITV series Vera, which stars Brenda Blethyn, has seen audiences in excess of 6 million and been released as a soundtrack album. His scores for the Sky One’s Lucky Man, ITV’s The Loch and Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel saw Ben explore a huge range of musical approaches from solo violin, chamber voice and live aleatoric string orchestra, through to unique synth programming and solo piano performed by the composer. His collaborations with director Adrian Shergold led to his work with Ray Winstone on the ITV Drama The Trials Of Jimmy Rose, as well as the 3-part epic He Kills Coppers, based on the Jake Arnot novel.
He has also written for the concert hall and theatre, receiving critical acclaim from Richard Morrison in The Times for his mini opera El Tigre, based on a poem by Pablo Neruda, performed at The Donmar Warehouse as part of the Covent Garden Opera Festival; the conductor was Charles Hazelwood and the soloist Maria Koripas. His piano work Caprice, played by Louis Alvanis, was performed at The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Nine, a suite for string orchestra, was performed at Leighton House by The Dallapicola Ensemble under Luigi Suvini.
He has lectured on composition at The Royal College of Music, The National Film and Television School and The Leeds Conservatoire of Music.
Ben works from his studio complex in West London.
BAFTA winner – Best Original Music
Walking with Dinosaurs
Primetime Emmy nominee
Walking with Dinosaurs
RTS nominee – Best Titles Music
The Ghost Squad
RTS nominee – Best Score
The Mark Of Cain feature
Ivor Novello Award nominee – Best TV Score
RTS nominee – Best TV Score
MASA nominee – Best TV Score