Ben Hales: music & words
Ben Hales: music & words

about ben






Ben Hales

Ben Hales is a freelance composer and writer.

As a guitarist and songwriter, he has worked extensively with Aqualung (aka Matt Hales, aka Ben's brother), and written and toured with many other bands including Duke Special, David Ford and The Fray.

His commercial music includes soundtracks for adverts for Mitsubishi, Wrigleys and Chrysler, along with widely-used production music for Chappell/Universal Publishing Production Music.

More recently he has composed music for numerous TV and theatre productions including 'Watson & Oliver', 'Dick and Dom's Funny Business' and 'The Stephen K Amos Show' for the BBC and TwoFour/Channel 4's 'A Short History of Everything Else'.

Ben is also a lyricist, writer and playwright. He is an Associate Director of Splendid Productions, where he provides creative adaptations of classic plays, writes and arranges bespoke music, and produces a wide range of teaching resources.

His first original play 'In Parenthesis' won the Ambassador Theatre Group's Metamorphosis08 playwriting competition and was performed at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley in June 2008.

His second play 'There's a Leak!', written for young performers, is published by Nelson Thornes/OUP. His third play 'Poundtown' was performed at Greenwich Theatre in March 2014 and his musical comedy 'Adam & Eve: The Musical' premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.

He has taught at undergraduate level on the BA in Songwriting at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, and continues to work regularly on the BA Degree in Actor Musicianship at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance

He continues to compose original and commercial music to brief while developing further writing projects.