Ben Palmer is named Chefdirigent (Chief Conductor) of Babylon Orchester Berlin. The position begins with immediate effect.

Ben writes, “I’m tremendously excited to share the news that I’ve been appointed Chefdirigent of Babylon Orchester Berlin. Since I met the orchestra in July 2021 I’ve conducted 14 sold-out concerts with these amazing musicians. I’m so looking forward to our future together, which starts this weekend with performances of Metropolis and The Kid at Babylon Berlin.”

Since its inception in 2019, the Babylon Orchestra Berlin has performed at the BABYLON in a number of live orchestral performances not seen since the 1920s. The BABYLON ORCHESTER BERLIN aims to perform silent film music at the highest musical level and in masterful synchronicity with the film, doing justice to the great works of the silent era and their original and new settings through artistic perfection.

Ben Palmer is also Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck in Darmstadt, and Founder and Artistic Director of Covent Garden Sinfonia, one of London’s most innovative and dynamic chamber orchestras. He is a regular guest with the Hallé, the Orchestra of Opera North, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 conducting the BBC Singers and the BBC orchestras. Recent guest conducting engagements include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Heidelberger Sinfoniker, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, Sinfonietta de Lausane, Plzenska filharmonie, and Czech National Symphony Orchestra. His recordings include albums with the NDR Radiophilharmonie (for Sony Classical, nominated for an Opus Klassik award), BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Covent Garden Sinfonia, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, and Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin.

Personally authorised by John Williams to conduct his film scores in concert, Ben Palmer is one of Europe’s most sought-after specialists in conducting live to picture. He is regularly invited to appear at the Royal Albert Hall with films such as Jurassic ParkE.T. the Extra-TerrestrialHome AloneBrassed Off and The Snowman. His film-with-orchestra repertoire includes the Star Wars trilogy, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJawsRaiders of the Lost ArkBack to the FutureCasino RoyaleSkyfall, Beauty and the BeastUnder the SkinThe Pink Panther (European premiere), Psycho, and Casablanca. He is also an expert at conducting silent films such as MetropolisThe Gold Rush, and Modern Times. He gave the world premieres of Neil Brand’s scores for Oliver Twist and Hitchcock’s The Lodger, which he also conducted at the closing concert of Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the world-famous Pordenone Silent Film Festival. In 2017 he was invited by the Philharmonia Orchestra to assist Vladimir Ashkenazy with a screening of Battleship Potemkin.

Ben Palmer photo: Arturs Kondrats