Here’s my formal biography...
Tim Benjamin studied composition with Anthony Gilbert at the Royal Northern College of Music, privately with the late Steve Martland, and with Robert Saxton at Oxford University where he received a doctorate.
Tim is becoming well-known as a composer of opera; his works include Emily (the critically acclaimed world premiere production ran in West Yorkshire in 2013), The Corley Conspiracy (commissioned by and first performed at the 2007 London Design Festival), Le Gâteau d’Anniversaire (commissioned by CNIPAL and first performed at Opéra de Marseille), Mrs Lazarus (first performed at the Southbank Centre, London), and A Dream of England (first performed at Wigmore Hall, London). His one-act chamber opera The Rosenhan Experiment, previously performed in London (South Bank) in 2008 and later on tour in the South-West, is touring again in a fresh production with a new orchestration during 2013-2014.
Tim won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Composer’s Award in 1993, at the age of 17, with his work Antagony, practically scored for two large wind bands, amplified strings, and six percussionists, yet somehow brilliantly performed by the London Sinfonietta under Martyn Brabbins and broadcast on national radio and TV.
He also won the Stephen Oliver Trust’s Prize for Contemporary Opera, for his first opera The Bridge, which was produced twice, in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music and in London at the Covent Garden Festival.
He also climbs mountains, creates electronic music, plays trombone, piano, organ and viola, and teaches music theory.
...and here’s some trivia
- Has a cat named Edwina
- Once stood for election to local government but got nowhere (a good thing too)
- Played bass in a punk band called Monkfish
- Founded a software company in 1999, sold out to a VC (but is not a dot com millionaire by any stretch!)
- Tweets as @timthecomposer
Here is a short (and not very serious) video made for the New Music North West festival, as an introduction to my music. The soundtrack is a clip from In Memoriam Tape Recorder.
A quick listen
The following audio track includes short clips of several representative works:
This information may be freely reproduced for concert programmes, etc, but if you would prefer something more personal or less formal, please contact me!