The English musician, Benjamin (John) Costello, read Music at Kingston University, winning the conducting prize. He continued his conducting studies at the London College of Music. In 2006 Benjamin returned to Kingston as a research student and is currently working on two major projects into the music of John Kelsall, and on early 20th century British Bach transcriptions. He is Chairman of Kingston Arts Council, the umbrella group for artistic organisations within the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, and is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the Musicians' Union and the Performing Right Society.
Benjamin Costello is a London-based freelance musician working throughout the UK as a musical director, singing coach, choral director, accompanist and arranger. A highly versatile performer, he works in very diverse genres ranging from the Renaissance period to contemporary music, but principally musical theatre, and to date he has been musical director on over forty-five productions across the UK, working with a variety of professional and amateur singers and instrumentalists.
In addition to extended periods as a music staff member at the renowned Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre, London, and the London College of Music, Benjamin Costello has worked for many other institutions including Mountview Academy, GSA Conservatoire, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of London and Kingston University, London. He is an experienced vocal coach and maintains a busy private practice, with many of his current and former students pursuing successful careers in the West End and beyond. He is Singing Tutor and Staff Accompanist at Shrewsbury House School, and since 1998 has been accompanist to the distinguished international soprano soloist Alison Pearce, giving recitals and master-classes together across the UK and in Europe.