Multi-award winning composer and film maker Benjamin Till was born in Oswestry and grew up in Northamptonshire. He is known as an exponent of the through-composed musical film documentary.
Films include A1: The Road Musical (C4, Grierson nominated), Tyne and Wear Metro: The Musical (BBC), Coventry Market: The Musical (BBC) Songs From Hattersley (BBC) 100 Faces (BBC) The Busker Symphony (C4), Hampstead Heath: The Musical (BBC).
Benjamin married husband (and co-writer) Nathan Taylor on television in the BAFTA-nominated Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, which won a Grierson Award, the Prix Italia and the Rose D’Or.
Stage musicals include Letter to a Daughter (written with playwright, Sir Arnold Wesker) and Brass, performed and commissioned by NYMT) which won the 2014 UK Theatre Award for best musical production and returns to the stage at the Hackney Empire in August. His show, Beyond The Fence, the world’s first “computer musical” was the focus of a major documentary series made by Sky Arts, which looked into whether it was possible for humans and computers to collaborate to write a musical. The show was performed at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End for a limited run in February and March 2016.
Other work includes two classical oratorios for the Fleet Singers, songs and incidental music for Sir Arnold Wesker’s radio play The Rocking Horse (BBC) and The London Requiem, a setting of gravestone inscriptions premiered in Abney Park cemetery.
Recordings: The London Requiem (performed by The Rebel Chorus with Maddie Prior, Matt Lucas, Tanita Tikaram, Barbara Windsor and the Balanescu quartet,) Brass (original cast album), The Four Colours EP (performed by The Rebel Chorus and Jodie Prenger) and the forthcoming Pepys Motet and Oranges and Lemons.