Ben is a composer who has written extensively for television, including the first three series of Torchwood which earned 3 BAFTA nominations for best music, and theme tunes for the BBC including Cardiff Singer of the World, Young Musician and Question Time.
In 2014 broadcast work as composer includes the natural history drama Hidden Kingdoms, the smash-hit thriller Happy Valley, the gritty, Afghan-war based Our Girl, (all for BBC1), and Series 4 of Scott & Bailey for ITV. Ben has also arranged and conducted Sir Paul McCartney’s forthcoming single ‘Hope’, series 8 of Doctor Who and the film Poltergeist. In 2015, Ben wrote scores for Thunderbirds Are Go for ITV (co-written with brother Nick Foster), and Banana by Russell T Davies from Red Productions for E4.
Ben is also known as an orchestral arranger and conductor – highlights include 99 episodes of Doctor Who for the BBC, Sir Paul McCartney’s 2013 album NEW and a world tour with Peter Gabriel. Film work includes The Grey, Prometheus, Prisoners, and Ben has also provided arrangements for two film scores from the prolific team of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. As a conductor Ben has worked with many orchestras around the world including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland SO, New Zealand SO, CBSO, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra and has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall, NYC. He has also conducted at the BBC Proms on five occasions and, earlier this year, Ben was the musical director at the memorial service for one of his heroes, Sir George Martin, conducting a 35-piece orchestra and singers including James Bay and Bernard Cribbins.
In 2016, Ben scored 3 major drama series for BBC1 and ITV1. He returned to score series 2 of Happy Valley which enjoyed record ratings, the fifth and final series of Scott and Bailey in April which Ben had scored since 2011, and Our Girl returned to our screens with a new star and a score recorded with a 22-piece orchestra in London. Ben also scored Thunderbirds Are Go, in collaboration with brother Nick Foster, for which they received a BAFTA Craft nomination for Best Music in 2016.
Most recently, Ben scored the new ITV hit series The Good Karma Hospital, and has been re-commissioned to write for the second series of Thunderbirds Are Go.