Ben Cottrell

Lecturer in Popular Music, Module Coordinator - Professional Engagement, Label Manager - Northern Quarter Records


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  • Module Co-ordinator – Professional Engagement
  • Manager – Northern Quarter Records

Ben Cottrell is a composer, bandleader and producer best known as director of Beats & Pieces Big Band, which he founded in 2008 and has since received consistent audience and critical acclaim alongside awards at home and abroad. He co-founded and now manages Efpi Records, an independent label that has grown from its Manchester roots and now works with an emerging generation of musicians based across the UK and Scandinavia. Efpi artists include Anton Hunter, Adam Fairhall, Let Spin, Trio Riot and Cath Robert’s Quadraceratops.

Ben was awarded the 2016 Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission by Manchester Jazz Festival, for which he devised a project entitled New Seeing featuring string ensemble, double rhythm section, trumpet and electronics. New Seeing premiered during the festival in July 2016 to great success and plans are being made to record and tour the project.

As an orchestral arranger, Ben has worked with and for a diverse range of artists including Laura Mvula, Esperanza Spalding, Everything Everything and Goldie, and his arrangements have been performed and recorded worldwide by ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orkest (Netherlands) and The Heritage Orchestra.

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