Ben Parker (b. 1992) is a musician, composer, creative, and teacher 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 studied under Dr. Matthew Sergeant before moving to Manchester to continue his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music as an Arnold Cooke Scholar under the tutelage of Dr. Emily Howard where he graduated with a first class honours degree in Composition in 2015. Ben’s music is usually a product of his personal interests, areas of academia, and cultural evolutions outside of the musical sphere. Just a few of those influences include: Chaos theory, fractal geometry, topology, architecture, sculpture, philosophy, linguistic relativity, queer theory, performance art, critical theory, and western pop culture.
Outside of a concentrated musical focus, Ben is an advocate for creative exploration across all areas of knowledge, 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 conversational space that aims to promote the art of conversation, and produce and host a series of forums, exhibitions, and performances.