|Ben Kaye is a Poet and Librettist who relishes the opportunity to put his power with words to use for good causes. Identified at an early age as having exceptional poetic ability, Ben went on to write both lyrics and music in a variety of modern songwriting partnerships.
Branching out into the field of Contemporary Music in 2005, Ben's first collaboration The Fifth Continent - A Gift from the Sea with Composer Paul Patterson was an instant success. Starting with a sell-out premiere, this 30 minute pastoral work has since toured the UK on an almost continuous basis and has twice been performed in its entirety on BBC Radio 3 by The Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge and The BBC Singers.
Ben's first collaboration with Composer Adam Gorb, Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall with John McCarthy CBE explored John's five years of incarceration and mental torture in the Lebanon. After its Fleet Street premiere this evocative work was described by BBC Radio 3's Sean Rafferty as 'Powerful stuff. A protest Cantata, the first of a genre.'
With the Gorb / Kaye partnership developing a reputation for making difficult subjects accessible to the general public, Ben went on to collaborate with Adam Gorb again on Eternal Voices. Inspired by the diaries of Royal Marines killed in Afghanistan and driven by unprecedented access to the wounded, bereaved families and comrades, this harrowing but ultimately uplifting work enjoyed a sell-out premiere, a standing ovation, a CD release and extensive Press coverage. First performed at Exeter Cathedral in 2010, this large scale work enjoyed a second outing at Coventry Cathedral in 2011. With the premiere alone having raised over £25,000 for Charity, 'Eternal Voices' is scheduled for future performances including at Chichester Cathedral in 2012.
Ben's next confirmed project after Anya17 is to be an Oratorio with the 'Royal Wedding Composer' Paul Mealor and is currently scheduled to premiere at Westminster Abbey in 2013.
Visit Ben's website at: www.librettist.co.uk