Ben Palmer


Chief Conductor – Deutsche Philharmonie Merck
Founder and Artistic Director – Covent Garden Sinfonia


Ben Palmer is Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck in Darmstadt, and Founder and Artistic Director of Covent Garden Sinfonia, one of London’s most dynamic and versatile chamber orchestras. As a guest conductor he works regularly with the Hallé, BBC Singers, the Orchestra of Opera North, and Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Other recent engagements include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, London Mozart Players, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, and Sinfonietta de Lausanne. In the 2019/20 season he will conduct the Hong Kong Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra and Heidelberger Sinfoniker for the first time, and return to the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

Ben Palmer is one of Europe’s foremost specialists in conducting live to film. His repertoire includes the Star Wars trilogy, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Home Alone, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Back to the Future, Casino Royale, Beauty and the Beast (2017), The Pink Panther, Under the Skin, Psycho and Casablanca. He is also an experienced conductor of silent films such as Metropolis, The Snowman and The Gold Rush, and gave the world premieres of Neil Brand’s scores for The Lodger and Oliver Twist. Highlights of 2019/20 include The Lodger at the closing concert of Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (the world-famous Pordenone Silent Film Festival), Skyfall with the Hallé, and a return to the Royal Albert Hall for E.T. and Brassed Off.

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