Benjamin made his international debut in 2004 when as a 7 year old he came second in the Under 18 class of the 1er Concours International de Harpe in Nantes, France. In 2006 he won the Under 13 solo harp at the Wales International Harp Festival and in 2008 (11 years old) won the Under 16 class at Concours de harpe Lily Laskine, in Paris. His prize was a Salvi Concert Harp. Since then he has developed an enviable reputation as a concert soloist and orchestral musician.
Currently Benjamin is the Principal Harp of Concert Orchestra de Cymru and Orchestra West and he has also performed as a concerto soloist with The Welsh Sinfonia, Llandenny Strings, Cardiff Philharmonic, Chandos Symphony Orchestra, Les Alizés and the orchestra of Le Garde Républicaine. He has also performed with numerous choirs as both a soloist and accompanist.
Benjamin has worked with many of charities over his career. In Particular he is an Official Ambassador for George Thomas Hospice Care, The British Heart Foundation Cymru and St. John Cymru Wales. On 1st March 2010 he performed at Clarence House for HRH the Prince of Wales at a reception for George Thomas.
Benjamin has made a number of TV programs with the BBC including Take a Bow (2007), Bobinogs (2008), Show me, Show me (2015) and a short film for CBBC about Lady Llanover in which he plays a Triple Harp (2014). Other TV appearances include the Urdd Eisteddfod, Carolau Llangollen, Noson Lawen, BBC Children in Need and Acapela (Made in Cardiff 2015). Radio broadcasts include The National Holocaust Memorial Event, Wales International Harp Festival & an interview for the BBC R4 documentary - Master Harper. During the summer of 2011 he featured on ITV1's 'Born to Shine' where over course of several months he mentored Welsh Rugby star Gareth Thomas to learn the harp and perform live on TV.
Whilst continuing his classical work, Ben is now in increasing demand for his jazz performances, working as both a soloist and band member. His repertoire covers all genres: from traditional jazz to modern electronic music. For the last three years he has been teaching a series of very successful 'Introduction to Improvisation' workshops as both one off events and at Harp Festivals worldwide, aiming to encourage harpists of all ages and abilities into the world of jazz.
As both a classical and jazz artist Ben has toured extensively around the world, performing in Brazil (2010, 2011, 2012), Canada (2011), The Caribbean (2013, 2016), Croatia (2013), The Czech Republic (2014), France (2008, 2010), Hungary (2010), Hong Kong (2017), Italy (2009), Netherlands (2008, 2011, 2013, 2016), Spain (2010, 2013, 2016) & USA (2017).
Benjamin has released several jazz CD's including his 'Incomplete A-Z of Jazz Harp' and 'Pedals & Paws'. His latest album '1 Man Band' was released in February 2017 and is his most diverse and exploratory album yet. Ben has also published numerous arrangements, both classical and jazz, including his popular 'Jazz Harp Series'.
Upcoming performances for 2018 include Gypsy Jazz concerts with Adrien Chevalier (Violin) and Tatiana Eva-Marie (Vocals) from New York, Musikene Festival (San Sebastián), Camac Netherlands Tour, Gödöllo Harp Festival and the launch of his new Fusion band Chube.
For further and more up to date information please visit his web site www.bjcg.co.uk
|Telephone||029 2039 7711|
|Artist Web Site||www.bjcg.co.uk|
|Click titles for further information|
|1 Man Band (CD 2017)|
|Pedals and Paws (CD 2015)|
|An incomplete A-Z of Jazz Harp Music (CD 2012)|
|L'arpa in villa (DVD 2009) Live recording harp recital|
|A Ceremony of Carols (CD 2009) with Llandaff cathedral Girl Choristers|
|Ben Jamming (CD single 2003)|
|Sheet Music||Buy Now|
|Jazz Harp Series - Pedal Harp Solos|
|Aquarela Do Brasil|
|Jazz Harp Series - Lever or Pedal Harp Solos|
|Schnauzer Snippets - Volume 1|
|Schnauzer Snippets - Volume 2|
|Jazz Harp Series - Lever or Pedal Harp Duets|
|Schnauzer Snippets Duets - Volume 1|
|Jazz Harp Series - Lever or Pedal Harp Ensemble Music|
|Promenade in Prague|
|Jazz Harp - Study Books|
|Five Studies in improvised Music|
|Dacw 'nghariad i (Pedal Harp)|
|Dacw 'nghariad i (Lever harp)|
|Home-Work from Julian|
|Traditional Melodies for Lever Harp - Volume 1|
|Flute & Harp (arr Jane Groves, harp part ed Ben Creighton Griffiths)|
|Hook Sonatas Volume 1|
|Hook Sonatas Volume 2|
|Hook Sonatas Volume 3|
|Classical Melodies Volume 1|
|Traditional Melodies Volume 1|