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Meet Ben

Ben Varnam

Bookings Specialist

Hi! I’m Ben and I’m really excited to be joining Encore as our new Bookings Specialist!

I’ve just graduated from the University of Oxford where I studied music, where I spent a lot of time gigging in the city’s great music scene.

My musical background involves orchestral, brass band, wind band, function band, big band, jazz, Latin American, and classical percussion influences, and I love discovering new music to listen to and play.

Apart from music I’m a keen sportsman, playing cricket, football, and squash a lot. I’m also a bit of a gamer, and am enjoying playing Overwatch from time to time.

As a huge fan of big band and jazz orchestra music, an album I’m listening to a lot at the moment is ‘A Love Supreme’ performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. The album has orchestrated and elaborated on John Coltrane’s famous album, and I love the effects that Marsalis’ arrangement manages with a full big band.

James McAulay

Encore Co-Founder & CEO. Cellist, pianist, singer and aspiring guitarist.

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