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Ben Hartley

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Ben is an experinced drummer & percussionist who enjoys playing all styles & genres

Ben has been playing drum kit and percussion since 1992. He graduated with honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2006 and has since worked as a freelance drummer and percussionist in bands, musicals, operas and orchestras throughout London, the UK and Europe. Recently, Ben has played drum kit in the backing band for Daphne Sounds Expensive, a comedy sketch show for Radio 4, recorded in the BBC Radio Theatre. He can be found performing with Rhythms of the City, a samba collective who perform in London and across the UK, and Box9 Drumline who have been seen performing at the Rugby World Cup final in Twickenham stadium. He is a member of the progressive rock band I am the Manic Whale, who are currently getting ready for live dates after the successful release of their debut album late in 2015. He is the drummer for the function band Something Borrowed who play for parties,weddings and corporate functions around the UK. Theatre work has included performing in Dracula the Musical at the Soho Theatre, pantomimes in the Thameside Theatre-Thurrock, Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre and the Theatre Royal-Bury St Edmunds, plus dance projects at Sadler’s Wells with Hofesh Shechter. He has also been involved with various shows and musicals in theatres in London, Berkshire and Hertfordshire. If you have a keen eye you can see Ben as a marching drummer in the first Captain America film. He was also involved in the London 2012 Olympics, recording percussion for one of the Mascot short films and playing drums for the Opening ceremony. Ben has toured India with Anglo Indian Music Productions, Europe with Sir Colin Davis and the UK with Opera Della Luna.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, Electro-Swing, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Industrial, Jungle, Techno, Triphop, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango
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Drum kit, Timpani, Percussion
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Drum technician, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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