Ben Creighton Griffiths is a touring Jazz and Classical musician based in South Wales, UK. He made his International debut at the 2004 1er Concours International de Harpe in Nantes, France where, aged 7, he came second in the Under 18 division.
In 2006 he won the Under 13 Division of the Wales International Harp Festival before going on to win the Junior Lily Laskine competition in Paris, his prize a concert harp. Since then he has developed an enviable reputation as a concert soloist and orchestral musician.
International engagements include the Rio De Janeiro Harp Festival (2010, 2011, 2012), International Harp Festival of Sentmenat, Spain (2010, 2016), International Jazz Harp Academy, Netherlands (2010, 2013, 2016), 2nd International Harp Festival of Szeged, Hungary (2010), Arpa Plus Salamanca, Spain (2013), 1st Zagreb International Harp Festival, Croatia (2013), Journees De La Harpe en Caribbean, Guadeloupe & Martinique (2013, 2016), 1st International Prague Harp Festival, Czech Republic (2014), Dutch Harp Festival, Netherlands (2016), New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend, USA (2017), ABRSM Summer Harp Academy, Louisville USA (2017), Camac Musikene, Spain (2018), Camac Tour, Netherlands (2018), and the Godollo International Harp Festival, Hungary (2018).
Benjamin has also performed at three World Harp Congress’ - Amsterdam (2008) with a performance alongside Russian harpists Andres and Artemy Izmaylov, Vancouver (2011) with a complete solo recital and participation in the memorial concert for Ceren Necipoglu, and Hong Kong (2017) with a complete solo jazz recital, solo performances in a presentation by Vanderbilt Music, and a duet with Catrin Finch during the handover ceremony.
Closer to home Ben has performed as a soloist at International and local festivals including the European Harp Symposium, Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Wales International Harp Festival, Summer Harp Festival, The Monmouth Festival, The East Anglia Harp Festival, The Trinity Harp Festival, The Ludlow Festival, Vale Jazz Festival, Cambridge Jazz Festival, Glasbury Arts Summer School, Harp on Wight, Cardiff Camac Harp Weekend, Wall2Wall Jazz Festival, Aberjazz, Llandudno Jazz Festival, and Brecon Jazz Festival.
As an Orchestral Musician Ben is the Principal Harp of Orchestra De Cymru and Orchestra West. He has also performed with The Welsh Sinfonia, Llandenny Strings, Cardiff Philharmonic, Chandos Symphony Orchestra, Taunton Sinfonietta, Ensemble Cymru, Les Alizés, and the orchestra of Le Garde Républicaine. He has also performed with numerous choirs as both a soloist and accompanist.
Benjamin has worked with many charities over his career. He is an Official Ambassador for George Thomas Hospice Care, The British Heart Foundation Cymru and St. John Cymru Wales. On 1st March 2010 he performed at Clarence House for HRH the Prince of Wales at a reception for George Thomas.
Whilst continuing his classical work, Ben is now in increasing demand for his jazz performances, working as both a soloist and with bands, singers, and other artists. His jazz repertoire covers all genres, including Swing, Latin, Funk, Electronic and Fusion, Gypsy, and more. He works as both an acoustic artist and also makes extensive use of electronics. He has also been teaching a series of very successful 'Introduction to Improvisation' workshops as both one off events and at Harp Festivals worldwide, aiming to encourage harpists of all ages and abilities into the world of jazz.
Benjamin has released several jazz CD's including his 'Incomplete A-Z of Jazz Harp' and 'Pedals & Paws'. His latest album '1 Man Band' was released in February 2017 and is his most diverse and exploratory album yet - featuring a range of styles and sounds. Ben has also published numerous arrangements, both classical and jazz, including his popular 'Jazz Harp Series'.
As well as continuing his solo work, Ben is a founding member of jazz fusion group ‘Chube’ with percussionist Matthew Williams and bassist Aeddan Williams. They released their first EP in July of 2018 and have been performing around the UK to promote their project. They have had their music played on BBC Radio Wales Introducing and BBC Radio 3 ‘Jazz Now’ with positive reviews and are looking to write and record a full album in 2019.
Ben also works extensively with Avignon born and New York based gypsy jazz violinist Adrien Chevalier. They have performed tours across the French Caribbean and in the UK since 2013 and are in the process of organising a tour playing in Cardiff, Bristol, Aberjazz, and London as ‘The Transatlantic Hot Club’ with bass player Ashley John Long for 2019.
Further information, including a complete events diary, can be found at his website – www.bjcg.co.uk.
Alternatively, you can find Ben on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bencreightongriffithsharpist
Find out more about Chube at https://www.facebook.com/Chubeband/