Composer Benson Taylor Visits St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College
12th December 2017
St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College was honoured to welcome Benson Taylor, composer of 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Orange is the New Black' and 'London Fields'. He came to work with Music students on a range of topics including Approaches to Composition, How to Make it in the Music Industry and his work as an Ambassador for CAFOD.
Benson, a practicing Catholic who was born and bred in Bradford now splits his time between Yorkshire and working for Hollywood with actors such as Johnny Depp. He has gone from working in his local Morrisons at 16 and creating music at home, to working on programmes such as 'Greys Anatomy' and 'Breaking Bad'. In 2014 he won the award for Best Original Music for his score to 'Fear Of Water' at the 2014 Monaco International Film Festival.
Mrs Ross-Shaw, Head of Music at the school said: “Benson is a terrific role model as a Catholic Bradfordian who had great aspirations and worked hard to achieve his dreams. During the visit to SBSJ Benson commented that he was really impressed with the astute questioning by our students and that in some cases this was at a higher level than some University students. We’re really excited about working with Benson and look forward to working closely with him in the future.”
When asked, the students who had worked with him said:
"Meeting Benson Taylor was very inspiring. I learned a lot about how to make my composition more interesting and unique. He was very passionate about what he does and made me understand how complex Music can be."
"The visit was very enlightening about how to stand out in composition (being original, doing something unexpected). He gave some good advice on compositional techniques and overall was a cool dude."