Benjamin Penfold

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Experienced live and studio drummer.
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Ben has dedicated his life to music from a young age. He earned a BA in Popular Music & Recording at the University of Salford, during which he spent three years studying latin and jazz drumming and percussion under Dave Hassell. He graduated with First-Class Honours in 2016 and then went on to attend Goldsmiths University, completing a Masters (MMus) in Popular Music, while taking full advantage of the vibrant London music scene. Ben has performed, recorded and collaborated with an eclectic range of pop, rock, jazz, latin, afro-pop, samba, folk and experimental bands and ensembles, including Bat and Ball, Easypeel, Deary, Muna Ileiwat, Uri Sade, Gabrielle Sey, Sister Lucy, Castorp, Catherine Okada and many more. Festivals and venues Ben has performed at include Bestival (main stage), The Roundhouse (Camden), The Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), Manchester Academy, O2 Academy Islington, Boondocks Festival, Other Voices Festival, The Lexington London and Moth Club London. From his extensive studio experience as a drummer, Ben has developed a considered and creative approach to getting the right sounds, feel and part for every project he plays on, paying particular attention to tuning and choice of drum. Using both open handed and cross stick playing styles also gives Ben a flexible and versatile approach to playing. Additionally, Ben is a confident backing vocalist behind the kit and takes this role in many projects.

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Tom M
1 year ago, for a Wedding in London
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5 out of 5

I've worked with Ben in the studio and live. He is the most talented drummer I’ve come across. Incredibly tasteful, but with all the technical ability and chops when required. He is the consummate professional. Punctual, well presented, and filled with creative ideas.

Muna I
1 year ago, for a Recording session in London
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5 out of 5

Ben has contributed to both the live and recorded set up of my personal music project. He comes to rehearsals and the studio prepared and ready to contribute creative ideas in order to best facilitate my songs. Such a joy to work with! He is not only reliable but always eager and passionate about the work he does.

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Benjamin's Song list

Just The Two of Us - Bill Withers
Baby Driver - Simon & Garfunkel
You've Got The Love - Florence & the Machine
Crazy - Gnarles Barkley
Budapest - George Ezra
C’est La Vie - B*Witched
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Drunk In Love - Beyonce
You And Me Song - The Wannadies
American Boy - Estelle ft Kanye West
Hey Good Lookin - Hank Williams
Cheerleader - OMI
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
I Feel Good - James Brown
September - Earth Wind & Fire
Aint Nobody - Chaka Khan
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Mamma Mia - Abba
I’m A Believer - The Monkeys
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Hips Dont Lie - Shakira
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
My Love - Justin Timberlake
Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
Stacy's Mom - Fountians of Wayne
Thong Song - Sisqo
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Thanku, Next - Ariana Grande
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Country Roads - John Denver
Electric Feel - MGMT
Tell Me A Tale - Michael Kiwanuka
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Aint no Sunshine - Bill Withers
Jerk It Out - Caesars
Retrograde - James Blake
Statue Of Liberty - XTC
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Kids - MGMT
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Toxic - Britney Spears
Honky Tonk Woman - The Rolling Stones
Sympathy For The Devil - The Rolling Stones
Alright Now - Free
Tainted love - Depeche Mode
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Twist And Shout - The Beatles
Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
I’m A Believer - The Monkeys
My Generation - The Who
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
I Bet you Look Good On The Dance Floor - Arctic Monkeys
Brown Sugar - Rolling stones

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£70
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£450
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Concert, Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drum technician, Songwriter, Actor, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Music therapy, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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