Benjamin Rimmer, born in 1993, is a London-based composer with a growing reputation.
In 2023, Benjamin collaborated with composer Joel Cadbury, creating string arrangements and compositional contributions to accompany Cadbury’s electronic score for the Dark Crystal ballet at the Royal Opera House. Choreographed by Wayne McGregor, the ballet premiered on May 13th to critical acclaim.
Benjamin Rimmer has received commissions from a number of organizations and artists, including Classic FM and the Royal Philharmonic Society, Ballett Im Revier Gelsenkirchen with choreographer Bridget Breiner, and the acclaimed harpist Eleanor Turner. His recent work has been performed and recorded by renowned ensembles such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Voces8, the Elias Quartet, Jugendkonzertchor Der Chorakademie Dortmund, and many others.
In 2018 Benjamin composed the ballet score for 'Sandmann', commissioned by Oper Graz and choreographed by Andreas Heise. The ballet went on to be nominated for the prestigious Austrian Music Theatre Prize (2020) in the category of Best Total Ballet Production. Critic Eveline Koberg of Tanz.at praised Benjamin's score as a "finely tuned network of thoughts and feelings that enhanced and supported the expression of the production; it is equally melodic and dreamily romantic as well as it is hard, alienating, and even frightening through soundscapes of unfamiliar tone sequences."
In addition to his ballet compositions and concert music, Benjamin has also written music for various short films. His work has been showcased in live performances at The Barbican's 'Silent Film & Live Music series' and, in 2016, at Milton Court Concert Hall with a screening of Albert Lamorisse's classic film, Le Ballon Rouge. The latter event featured a collaborative re-scoring of the timeless French classic.
In 2014, Benjamin became the youngest composer shortlisted for the Britten Sinfonia's OPUS 2015 award. The following year, he was honored as one of the ten winning composers in the Oticons International Film Music Competition. In 2019, under the pseudonym Ben George, Benjamin was nominated for two Production Music Awards.
Benjamin studied at the Guildhall school of Music & Drama, graduating in 2016.
Finessing "Rise" with Eleanor Turner, a commission from Eleanor that Benjamin composed for string quartet and harp.
Busking in Shoreditch with accordionist Alexander Maydew. (Photograph by Vannice Clarke.)
A scene from choreographer Bridget Breiner's ballet "Prosperos Insel" of which Benjamin composed original music for.
(Photograph by Vannice Clarke.)
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