Ben Palmer is Artistic Director of the Orchestra of St Paul’s and The Syred Consort, and is in demand as a guest conductor throughout the UK and abroad. Acclaimed for his innovative and imaginative programming, he is increasingly gaining recognition as an inspiring and versatile conductor. In 2016 he will make his debut with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin; recent guest conducting engagements include Aurora Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (including at the Hampton Court Palace Festival), the London Mozart Players, the Royal College of Music Classical Orchestra (replacing Sir Roger Norrington at short notice), the RCM Philharmonic, the Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra and Oxford University Orchestra. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Rambert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He has acted as rehearsal conductor for Bernard Haitink, Jac van Steen and, most notably, Roger Norrington, with whom he has worked closely since 2011, as his assistant conductor for concerts, recordings, on tour and at the BBC Proms.
In addition to his work as a conductor, Ben Palmer is in demand as a composer, arranger and orchestrator. Recent commissions include three works for the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin (all performed at the Berlin Philharmonie), a Sinfonietta for the English Music Festival, and Flying in the Fire for Woking Choral Society, premiered alongside Tippett’s A Child of Our Time at Cadogan Hall. His music has been performed by such ensembles as Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the City of London Sinfonia and The Fibonacci Sequence. It is his lifetime ambition to conduct all the Haydn symphonies.