Benjamin Kwasi Burrell

Benjamin Kwasi Burrell

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Benjamin Kwasi Burrell Composer | Musical Director | Orchestrator | Arranger

Born and raised in south-east London, Benjamin Kwasi 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 gained a Masters in Scoring for Film, Television & Video Games from Berklee College of Music. He won a 2019 Black British Theatre Award in recognition of his work as musical director of Small Island (National Theatre).

Benjamin was musical director & arranger for Orfeus: A House Music Opera at the Young Vic (suspended).

Composition for stage includes the National Theatre's A Taste of Honey (UK Tour & Trafalgar Studios); Small Island (National Theatre); Beyond Beethoven 9 (National Youth Orchestra, Southbank Centre). 

On screen, Benjamin composes the score for upcoming feature Shortcut (Mad Rocket Entertainment). 

Live on stage, Benjamin is 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, Chineke! Junior 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 (Shaftesbury Theatre); One Love (Birmingham Rep); Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Wyndam’s Theatre); and A Clockwork Orange (Theatre Royal Stratford East). 

'It's basically the story of my family.' The music of Small Island, by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell.