Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Ben studied Composition and Conducting at GSMD winning the Lutoslawski composition prize upon graduation. He went on to study for his MA in Film Composition in Film & Television School.

Since November 2005, he has been orchestrator and conductor for the BBC series Doctor Who. Other work as an orchestrator includes the films, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien Autopsy, Death at a Funeral and 27 Dresses as well as a number of Commercials including the recent British Airways campaign, Sony Paint and the 2007 Sony Walkman.

Ben has worked as an arranger and conductor for a wide range of artists including Hayley Westenra, Aled Jones, Gary Barlow, SClub7 and Boyzone. He works regularly with the London Session Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has also worked with the BBC Philharmonic, RPO and the Czech Film Orchestra.

Work as a composer includes over 30 scores for various European Short Film makers. TV credits include main titles for LWT's Love on a Saturday Night, The Great British Test, and the current arrangement of BBC's Question Time. Ben also writes music for the BBC drama Torchwood which was nominated in the Best Music category in the 2006 BAFTA Cymru Awards.

Ben was a judge on the Blue Peter Music Makers project in 2006 and a contributor to the Blue Peter Movie Makers project in 2007.


Other Judges

Nicola Benedetti - Grand Final judge

Nicola Benedetti

BBC's Young Musician of the Year in 2004.


Richard Morrison - Grand Final judge

Richard Morrison

Columnist and Chief music critic of The Times.


Paul Daniel - Grand Final judge

Paul Daniel

Awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year's Honours list.


Catrin Finch - Grand Final judge (photo:David Hiscock)

Catrin Finch

Former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.


Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Orchestrator and conductor for Doctor Who.



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