Musician - Vocalist - Workshop Leader - Choir Director - Educator
Ben is an accomplished musician who brings a fresh, unique sound to the music industry.
Having studied Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ben was a founding member of successful vocal group Vive. Heavily involved in the London A Cappella festival, Vive won the Voice Festival UK choir competition in 2013 along with the Ward Swingle Award.
Heading up the ‘The Ben Cox Band’, he tours around the UK, regularly playing major jazz festivals, including London, Cheltenham and Scarborough as well ‘sold out’ performances at prestigious venue’s like Ronnie Scott’s and the Pizza Express jazz club.
In 2015 Ben released his debut original album ‘This Waiting Game’ to critical acclaim – It was named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best jazz albums of 2015 and quickly followed up with his second album ‘Round and Round’ in 2016.
Ben is currently recording and touring his latest project ‘Hourglass: The Music of James Taylor’. Also a fan of folk Ben plays the Irish whistle and flute - writing melodies and songs in the hope to release an album.
He is also a passionate and experienced educator. He gives workshops to schools and educational establishments across the country - with a focus on singing, songwriting, developing the ear, and music theory understanding. He currently is the musical director of four choirs in and around London.
Hourglass: The Music Of James Taylor
From the show ‘Hourglass: The Music of James Taylor’ you will hear some of the much loved songs written by the musical genius that is James Taylor, including: How Sweet it is, Mexico, Sweet Baby James, Carolina On My Mind and many more...
Ben Cox (vocals) says: “We are not a standard ‘tribute act’, but we are a band who all admire and respect the work of James Taylor. We are celebrating his unique sound by recreating some of his wonderful songs. Please join us and feel free to sing along while we take you through his life and journey with some of his most memorable music.”
Ben Cox and Jack Mizzi
Throughout Covid lockdown in 2020/2021 - My partner (Jack Mizzi - www.jmvocalcoach.com) and I started recording at home some challenging, but inspirational, vocal arrangements. Scores from Manhattan Transfer to Gene Puerling. With the plan to release an album - Watch this space :)
"Very excited to announce the addition of a new band member this year: the very talented Ben Cox on vocals, whistles, flute and harmonium! We have lots of new tunes as well as songs that Ben has brought along - both original and traditional songs from the English/Irish/Scottish tradition. Expect uptempo reels and jigs, heart-wrenching ballads and songs, 4 part harmony and a lot of different instruments on stage!"
Ben currently musically directs a number of choirs
Jazz Choirs was established in 2019 by Ben and six Jazz singing friends to provide a space for singers of all abilities and experience who love music, especially Jazz, and who want to develop their voice and repertoire in a fun and social setting. There is no audition and you do not need to know music theory or be able to sight read to join…Jazz Choirs is a space for everyone who enjoys singing!
Just A Cappella
Just A Cappella are a Hemel Hempstead based choir singing 4 part harmony arrangements – anything from Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” through to Nat King Cole’s “Autumn Leaves” with Ed Sheeran; Earth, Wind and Fire; Queen and Joe Jackson in between.
Take Twenty are a lively group of around 35 music enthusiasts who meet weekly in Camden, North London, to sing jazz in four to eight part harmony. The choir has been going for over 35 years, and still retains some of its original members.
They sing original and stylish arrangements of jazz standards, Latin, traditional, and popular tunes. We have an extensive repertoire of over 300 arrangements, mainly created in-house by members of the choir.
Enfield Harmony (Enfield Council)
ViaChoir (ViacomCBS, Channel five)
Ben has recently started running lunchtime or afternoon choirs for businesses. They are a great way for a team to bond together.
Contact Ben below if you are interested in hearing more information on setting one up for your business/department.
Teaching and Workshops
Please contact Ben below if you want more information about his teaching or are interested in joining...
Music Theory 1-1 Teaching
Contact me if you would like to learn some music theory.
You will learn...
How to read music
How to understand a score
How to approach sight-singing and playing a melody with your voice or your choseninstrument
I occasionally give 1-1 coaching lessons if you have a specific area you'd like to work on. I work closely with expert Vocal Technician Jack Mizzi www.jmvocalcoach.com
Ben specialises in...
Performance skills - Stage Presence
Improvisation and Phrasing (Scat Singing, 2nd Chorus')
Primary Music Specialist - Vocal Leader
I have been on the vocal team at Enfield Music Services for about 5 years. I visit primary schools around the borough performing full year group singing projects - anywhere from 30-120 students. Teaching the children challenging songs with a performance at the end of term.
I also regularly teach curriculum music at St George's Catholic Primary school in Enfield and run the school choir.
Feel free to get in touch!
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