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Ben Foster - television composer

Ben Foster photo Ben Foster - Torchwood: Children of Earth soundtrack CD cover Ben Foster's contribution to music for film and television has often been behind the scenes, acting as orchestrator and conductor on many productions. The films he has worked on in this capacity have included "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "Alien Autopsy", "Death at a Funeral", "27 Dresses", "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" and "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging". He has also acted as the score composer for many European short films, including "Sea Monsters", "Dolls" and "Meat", and on a number of television commercials. He is perhaps better known for his contributions to British television, particular where he has partnered with Murray Gold. He orchestrated and conducted Gold's music for Doctor Who from Series Two, including the Christmas Specials, and has also taken to the podium to conduct many of the Doctor Who concerts, including the Doctor Who Prom Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and the more recent Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular series of concerts.

Murray Gold - Doctor Who Series 3 soundtrack CD cover Ben went on to serve as the main composer for "Torchwood", and the first Torchwood soundtrack album has been reviewed on mfiles. Ben was also the Chairman of the Judging Panel for the 2008 BBC Young Musician Of The Year Awards. The third season of Torchwood was broadcast on BBC1 on consecutive weekdays to great acclaim. The excellent "Torchwood: Children of Earth" soundtrack by Ben Foster is available at these links at www.amazon.com or www.amazon.co.uk. In recent years, in addition to his work as composer for TV series and conducting Doctor Who concerts (including the Sydney Opera House!), Ben Foster has continued his career as orchestrator and/or conductor for many A-list feature films. These have included "The Countess", "Robin Hood", "The Grey" and "Prometheus" - Marc Streitenfeld's excellent contribution to the Alien saga.

Alongside his brother Nick Foster, Ben's name is being linked to the anticipated "Thunderbirds Are Go!" reboot.

Films by Ben Foster:

    Ben Foster and Murray Gold - Torchwood TV soundtrack CD cover
  • Sea Monsters
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - additional orchestrator
  • The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse - additional orchestrator
  • Alien Autopsy - orchestrator and conductor
  • Normal for Norfolk
  • Eva
  • Dolls
  • Meat
  • Death at a Funeral - orchestrator and conductor
  • 27 Dresses - orchestrator
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - orchestrator
  • Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging - orchestrator
  • Glorious 39 - orchestrator for Adrian Johnston's music for this fascinating and well-crafted historical drama
  • Robin Hood - conductor for the Russell Crowe version scored by Marc Streitenfeld
  • Burke and Hare - additional music for the movie scored by Simon Elliott
  • Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil - conductor and orchestrator for this animation, scored by Murray Gold
  • The Grey - orchestrator and conductor
  • Prometheus - orchestrator and conductor
  • Prisoners - conductor
  • Alone Yet Not Alone - conductor
  • Noble
  • The Theory of Everything - conductor for the Stephen Hawking biopic featuring music by Johann Johannsson
  • Jackie - conductor for this score composed by Mica Levi
  • Rocketman - arranger, orchestrator and conductor for composer Matthew Margeson

TV music by Ben Foster:

    Ben Foster: Hidden Kingdoms - soundtrack CD cover
  • Love On A Saturday Night - TV theme
  • The Great British Tes - TV theme
  • Question Time - arrangement
  • Doctor Who - orchestrator and conductor for Murray Gold from Series Two onwards including the Christmas Specials "The Christmas Invasion" and " Voyage of the Damned" (the one with Kylie Minogue)
  • Torchwood - most episodes of this Doctor Who spin-off series, although the theme and some episodes have been scored by Gold, and Gold is taking over for the latest 10-episode series called "Torchwood: Miracle Day" and set mostly in the US
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth - some excellent music for this mini-series broadcast on consecutive weekdays
  • Girl Number 9
  • Scott & Bailey - the woman-centric detective series with Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp, with Murray Gold
  • Shirley - TV movie about Shirley Bassey
  • Hidden Kingdoms - magnificent work on this BBC Natural History series, displaying great versatility with a different mood for each animal and its setting, and unifying thematic material
  • Happy Valley - the far-from-happy mini-series on BBC
  • Our Girl - suspense, action and also thoughtful music for this gritty series set in Afganistan
  • Thunderbirds Are Go - the new (mostly CGI) series, with Ben Foster and brother Nick rearranging Barry Gray's original and iconic theme tune
  • Good Karma Hospital - with music reflecting the location in India
  • Good Omens - arranger, orchestrator and conductor for composer David Arnold

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