Ben Parker (b. 1992) is a composer, pianist, teacher, and creative based in West Yorkshire. His music has been performed by The BBC Singers, The Kreutzer Quartet, The Manchester Camerata, The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Trio aTem, SizeZero Opera Company, The Manon Quartet and many more, at events such as the New Music North West Festival, BBC Radio 3's 'Afternoon on 3' series, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Manchester Pride’s Music Concert Series, DECONTAMINATION# concert series, Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature, Hull City of Culture, and others across the UK and abroad.
Ben was introduced to music through studying jazz and classical piano from a young age, before taking up the discipline of composition in adolescence. He studied composition under Dr. Matthew Sergeant, before moving to Manchester to continue his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music as the Arnold Cooke Scholar of composition, under the tutelage of Dr. Emily Howard, where he graduated with a first class honours degree. Ben’s creative output is a product of his personal interests, areas of academia, and contemporary culture. Some of those influences include: Chaos theory, fractal geometry, topology, architecture and sculpture, philosophy, linguistics, critical theory, and 'western' pop culture.
Outside of a musical focus, Ben is training to qualify as a BACP accredited Psychotherapist. He is an advocate for creative exploration across all areas of knowledge and emotion, and believes that creative 'cross-pollination' is fundamental to enabling a happy society, and becoming a fully-enriched individual. He is one of the founding members, and Associates, of The Retro Bar (At The End Of The Universe); an artistic collective comprised of inspired individuals from a diverse array of creative, academic, and social backgrounds. The Retro Bar usually discusses themes related to contemporary society, subjunctive histories, and potential futures. It is an ever-folding, ever-evolving entity that aims to facilitate a space for conversation, and host a series of forums, exhibitions, and performances.