Benjamin Woodgates Benjamin Woodgates Benjamin Woodgates


Benjamin Woodgates, originally hailing from the New Forest, UK is an award-winning composer of film, videogame and concert music. He initially trained as a percussionist, becoming one of the youngest ever performers of James MacMillan's percussion concerto, Veni, veni, Emmanuel in 2004. In 2005 he was awarded an Organ Scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, and he went on to study Composition for Screen with Vasco Hexel at the Royal College of Music, London. In 2014, Benjamin was selected as one of twelve composers worldwide to take part in the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis, during the course of which he had the chance to record his music with many of Hollywood's top musicians at the Fox Scoring Stage.

Benjamin has worked extensively as a composer and orchestrator for film, television and videogames. As well as writing for large orchestral ensemble, Benjamin has composed a number of scores using unusual and intimate combinations of acoustic instruments. His score to Wander, a MMO currently being developed in Melbourne, Australia, was recorded entirely with a 10-piece chamber group that included marimba and the human voice. Wander is due for release on PC and PlayStation 4 in early 2015, and has won numerous awards including 'Best Indie MMO' at Gamescom 2014. Benjamin won the 2014 Oticons Faculty International Film Music Competition, and has been nominated for numerous awards including the SoundTrack Cologne 10 European Talent Award and the London Music Awards' Young Composer Award. He has recently been commissioned by the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne to write two cinematic orchestral works which will be released at SoundTrack Cologne in November.

Most Notable Awards

5 Award Wins
ASCAP Foundation Award
London Music Award

Aside from music for film and videogames, Benjamin is also an acclaimed composer of concert works. He was written extensively for voice, and his works for choir have been published by Oxford University Press and Stainer & Bell. In 2013 he was commissioned to orchestrate and complete Percy Grainger's 1896 Piano Concerto, which received its premiere in Kings Place on 8 October 2014. Benjamin has also worked extensively as a conductor, directing groups including the West End Phantom of the Opera cast, the Halle Youth Choir and award-winning vocal group Out of the Blue.

Filmography List

2015 An American In ParisBroadway Show-Music Dept.
2015 PendulumFeature Film-Composer
2014 The Longest DriveShort Film-Composer
2014 Pink ShoesShort Film-Composer
2014 Before You GoShort Film-Composer
2014 The LeapShort Film-Orchestrator
2014 Atlantis: Season 2BBC TV Series-Music Dept.
2014 A Nightingale FallingFeature Film-Music Dept.
2014 Bodas de SangreOrchestral Commission
2014 From Here to EternityOrchestral Commission
2014 Set Me As a Seal Upon Thine HeartComposer
2013 WanderVideogame, PC & PlayStation 4-Composer
2013 Girl in Soft FocusShort Film-Composer
2013 Twelfth NightMusical Theatre-Composer
2013 Shirley Bassey & the Hamburg Symphony OrchestraOrchestrator
2013 Jersey Opera House Original Works ConcertOrchestrator
2013 MASH-UP!Musical Theatre-Arranger
2013 Percy Grainger's Piano ConcertoComplete and Orchestrate
2012 A West End ChristmasMusical Theatre-Musical Director & Arranger
2009 The Oxford Book of Flexible CarolsChoral Arranger

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