Versatility is Everything
From a very young age, Ben was trained classically to a high level on both Piano and Saxophones. This gave him the skills to explore other genres without technical difficulty and has contributed to his love of all music and ease at performing in a multitude of musical scenarios. Ben enjoys playing in and band leading a stylistically diverse range of groups from Bop to Avant- garde, Funk, Rock, Pop, Reggae and much more.
Ben was mentored and trained classically by renowned Professor of Saxophone, Christian Forshaw, for 5 years while he was studying at the Junior Department of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Despite receiving very little jazz tutelage he was accepted on the RWCMD undergraduate course where he was mentored by jazz giants Iain Ballamy, Geoff Simkins, Lee Goodall and Paula Gardiner. He received continuing support and tuition from Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint and Martin Speake during his study of the horn on the Masters Programme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, graduating with a Master of Music in Performance in November 2014.
Ben graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2013 with a BMUS in Jazz saxophone and subsequently moved to London, where he studied at Trinity Laban conservatoire on a scholarship and graduated in 2014 with a Masters degree in Music. Since then, his versatility as a musician has made him an in demand performer on the London and international music scene playing for a wide range of bands in a multitude of genres. Ben was the official lead alto dep in NYJO immediately out of college, and now regularly appears in the Alumni ensemble as well as featuring in other prevalent London big-bands (namely the Palace Avenue Dance Orchestra and the Alex Mendham Orchestra). He is the sax player for a number of experimental and commercially successful groups such as ‘Sam and the Womp' ‘Animanz’ and ‘More is More’ with whom he has performed at festivals such as Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Boom Town. Ben regularly appears at renowned London jazz clubs such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex and The Spice of Life as a side man and with bands under his own name. He has played with an impressive array of critically acclaimed artists ranging in style and genre from Beverley Knight, Zalon (Amy Winehouse), Beardyman and Lee Ryan (Blue) to Johnny Dankworth, Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone in such recognisable venues as The Royal Albert Hall, The National Indoor Arena, the O2 Arena and the London Shard. Ben is currently a resident saxophonist at the exclusive Arts Club bar and nightclub in Mayfair and occasionally also appears at sister venues Quaglino’s and 100 Wardour street in Soho.
All Musical Events Catered For
Ben regularly plays with an incredibly diverse range of professional musicians spanning many different genres and is able to assemble an ensemble for any occasion. Please use the contact page to get in touch with Ben to discuss your requirements or requests for lessons.
'A beautiful, lyrical player of phenomenal potential' - Johnny Dankworth
'Ben Treacher confirmed himself as a player of enormous promise' - thejazzman.com
'Eloquent solos from Treacher' - thejazzman.com
Wall2Wall 2013 Jazz festival, Abergavenny
'I have searched all over the world looking for great musicians and it's rare to find such talent (as Ben) right on my doorstep' - John Cameron