Benjamin Kwasi Burrell
Benjamin Kwasi Burrell | Composer | Musical Director | Orchestrator | Arranger
Born and raised in south-east London, Benjamin Burrell is a composer, orchestrator, arranger and musical director. He studied saxophone and piano, before training in Jazz Piano at Trinity College of Music, then gaining a Masters in Scoring for Film, Television & Video Games from Berklee.
Benjamin is Composer & Musical Director of Small Island at the National Theatre, based on the prize-winning novel by the late Andrea Levy, which runs from 17th April – 10th August.
In 2019, Benjamin will take the role of Musical Director of the House and Garage Orchestra. He has performed, composed and arranged for bands & artists including Zara McFarlane, Cape Verdean’s Carmen Souza, Jazz Jamaica, the Jazz Jamaica All Stars Big Band, New Civilization Orchestra, and the Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Orchestra. He has scored several independent short films. As a performer he has worked with top jazz talent including Garry Crosby MBE, Denys Baptiste, Rod Youngs, Mark Kavuma, Nubya Garcia, Peter Edwards, and Nathaniel Facey.
Credits as Assistant Musical Director include: Memphis (Shaftsbury Theatre); One Love (Birmingham Rep); Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Wyndam’s Theatre); and A Clockwork Orange (Theatre Royal Stratford East).