Ben Craft trained at the Royal Ballet School Lower and Upper, the school had a good music department with lots of piano cells. Being at a boarding school he often found solice practising piano in these quite places. He became very enthusiastic about writing music so for his GCSE exam he composed a piece for 4 voices and a piano and receieved an A for his exam. Encouraged by this but still on the path of becoming a proffessional dancer he continued to study music part time at chiswick polytechnic where he follwed the music A level course. During these final 3 years of the RBS upper school he also played Bass in a band called 'The Senisible Shoes' doing small gigs in London. He stood in for the bass player of the band 'The Hollywood Killers' at The Rock Garden one of Londons most prestigous venues. He then got his first proffessional dancing job with 'Maurice Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century' in Brussells Belgium touring the some of the biggest International Theaters and Opera Houses of the World. during this time he continued to play bass and piano and co-wrote pieces of music with Peter Kubik the pianist of the company at the time. Returning to the UK to join The Rambert Dance Company also a main stream modern dance company touring world wide, he continued to write and record music and rub shoulders with the likes of Tony Hinnigan with whom he later collborated with on his sound scapes for 'Small Axe.' He was then eventually was comminssed by the company as a composer to write a sound score for the piece 'Island to Island' choreographed by Mark Baldwin. Moving sideways into the commercial world of advertising and pop videos he started to meet more people in the music industry and collaborated with Jean Jaques Burnell from 'The Stranglers' on a song writing project. Starting to become a choreographer too he made a body of work for 'Ricochet Dance Company' where he composed most of the music for his own works in particular 'Imagine' that received an award at the 'Rencontres Choregraphique de Bagnolet' where the sound score was in particular noticed by the compsoer Gill Grande who was one of the panel of Judges at this event. He co-founded his own dance Company 'Small Axe' with ex RBS and Rambert collegue Gary Lambert , composing most of the music for the company in particular 'Cold Ground Drifting' that one first prize at the Groiningen Choreographic Competition. He was also commissioned by The Citizens Theatre Glasgow to write music and sound for the play Venus and Adonis directed by Malcombe Sutherland who directed the play 'The Wasp Factory' in Londons west end. At this time he was also constantly in and out of various recording studios in London such as Beethoven Street Studios famous for producing the singer 'Seal' with whom he also worked on his video 'Crazy'. However it was his working relationship with the various studio engineers such as Sean Chennery, Keith Bourdice and producer Richard Niles (Slave to the Rhythmn) that kept him busy in the studio writing and producing demos. Moving to the Netherlands he continued his music in the form of Piano compostitions with Peter Hartel the purccussionist from the High School in Arnhem where he worked fas a dance teacher and MCing for various Drum and Bass club nights such as Amen a jungle night organised by DJ Activator and later becoming resident MC at Zaandams 'Jungle Strike. Ben continues to write, compose and record his own music with a broad spectrum from Modern Classical to Jazz, Rock and Dance music and is currently creating music for all of his end of year school shows where he teaches dance as well as his own independant dance projects and installations that he is currently working on.


b.craft   Ben Craft, Arnhem, Netherlands

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