Ben Costello is a freelance conductor, singing coach, accompanist and adjudicator, working internationally. He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival March concerts, Assistant Artistic Director of Thames Philharmonic Choir, and on the faculty at Laine Theatre Arts.He is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals,
making recent visits to adjudicate or perform in Zimbabwe, China, Sri Lanka,
Belgium, Italy, Poland and Ireland, as well as throughout the UK.
A specialist in musical theatre, Ben works for most of the major London
colleges. His permanent posts have included Arts Ed, Laine Theatre Arts,
Guildford School of Acting and the London College of Music, whilst also working for the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban, Mountview Academy, Drama Studio London, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has also lectured for universities including London, Surrey, Kingston and Portsmouth. Countless of his former singing students enjoy successful careers in the West End and beyond.
Born and based in London, Ben’s early career included répétiteur work with the London Symphony Orchestra and various London theatre and opera groups, and he remains much sought-after as an outstanding accompanistin musical theatre
repertoire. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, organising
and chairing the Company’s annual musical direction scholarship. Outside of
music he is a keen motorcyclist.
Ben's association with LHMF began in 2014, when he was adjudicator for the
Division 1 Ensembles, Women’s Song, Part Song and Own Choice competitions. He
has also adjudicated the Youth Choirs' Competition.