Musician – Jack Bennett

Jack Bennett is a musical director, pianist, arranger and educator based in the UK. His career spans theatre, television, commercial sessions, concerts and educational projects worldwide.

As an MD and conductor, Jack enjoys working on everything from large-scale productions to intimate cabaret shows and workshops. Highlights as a musical director include a gala concert at the London Palladium and conducting a 35-piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studios for a new musical orchestrated and supervised by Larry Blank. Jack also worked as Associate Conductor on the revival of The Boy Friend at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2019, the same year he received the National Youth Arts Outstanding Musical Direction award for his work on a production of Little Shop of Horrors. See below for full credits.

A respected and versatile pianist, Jack regularly works in West End theatre and provides collaborative piano accompaniment for concerts, exams and masterclasses. His experience as a theatre keyboard player includes deputising on Sunset Boulevard, Wicked, Frozen and The Lion King, alongside playing for rehearsals and auditions. Jack has also worked as an opera répétiteur and ballet pianist and is equipped to record broadcast-quality piano and keyboard tracks from his home studio.

Known for his imaginative and meticulous arranging, Jack has scored everything from expansive concert orchestra and choral arrangements to big band charts and classical restylings of pop tunes. Familiar with a broad range of musical styles, Jack produces detailed and well-presented sheet music as well as high-quality click and backing tracks, with several pantomime seasons to his name. He also possesses a wealth of experience writing bespoke orchestrations for educational settings of all levels, consistently creating music that people want to hear and musicians want to play or sing.

Alongside his performance and arranging work, Jack has amassed years of teaching experience, inspiring students of all ages and abilities. He has taught on musical theatre degree and diploma courses for ArtsEd, East 15, Laine Theatre Arts and Urdang, as well as formerly spending seven years as Music Supervisor with then-award-winning youth theatre company The Talentz. Jack offers private lessons in piano, music theory, clarinet, aural and musical theatre conducting and continues to deliver classes and workshops internationally. For more details on Jack’s education work, click here.

Jack holds an undergraduate degree in music from Royal Holloway, University of London, where he studied piano, clarinet and organ. His postgraduate degree from Guildhall School of Music & Drama specialised in jazz arranging.

Jack is represented as an MD by HOST Talent Group. For all other enquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch directly.

View Jack’s Credits

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As Musical Director:
Merrily We Roll Along (Urdang 2024)
At Last, It’s Summer (London Palladium 2023)
At Last, It’s Summer (Bishopsgate Institute 2021) – workshop
The Wizard of Oz (Edinburgh Fringe 2019)
Little Shop of Horrors (EM Forster Theatre 2019)
The Addams Family (Edinburgh Fringe 2018)
Jesus Christ Superstar (EM Forster Theatre 2018)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Stag Sevenoaks 2017/18)
Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure (Edinburgh Fringe 2017)
Sweeney Todd (EM Forster Theatre 2017)
Sleeping Beauty (Stag Sevenoaks 2016/17)
Elf The Musical (Edinburgh Fringe 2016)
Rent (Ship Theatre 2016)
Seussical (Ship Theatre 2016)
Dick Whittington (Britannia Theatre 2015/16)
Into The Woods (Edinburgh Fringe 2015)
Jack and the Beanstalk (Stag Sevenoaks 2015)
Cinderella (Harlow Playhouse 2014/15)
Sleeping Beauty (Secombe Theatre 2014)

As Conductor:
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Central Theatre Chatham 2024)
The Phantom of the Opera (Malthouse Theatre 2024)
Les Misérables School Edition (Malthouse Theatre 2024)
School of Rock (Central Theatre Chatham 2023)
The Wizard of Oz (Stag Sevenoaks 2018)

As Associate Conductor:
The Boy Friend (Menier Chocolate Factory 2019/20)

As Assistant MD:
Urinetown (Barbican 2022)

As Music Supervisor:
Sleeping Beauty (EM Forster Theatre 2020)
Jack and the Beanstalk (EM Forster Theatre 2018)
Aladdin (EM Forster Theatre 2017)
Bugsy Malone (Trinity Theatre 2016)
Hairspray (Trinity Theatre 2014)

Additionally youth musical theatre showcases and summer workshops, including: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin KIDS, Alice in Wonderland, Back to the 80s, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Pinocchio, The Aristocats, The Jungle Book and Wind in the Willows.

Concerts/Cabaret as Musical Director include: Baby Broadway (various London venues, including The Actors’ Church, artsdepot, The Other Palace and Woolwich Works, 2019–), Luke Bayer (Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zédel 2019), Roles We’ll Never Play! (Ninety One Living Room 2019) and West End charity concert Songs4Soi (Actors’ Church 2017).

Recordings: At Last, It’s Summer (Abbey Road 2021) – concept album

In the West End, Jack has deputised on Sunset Boulevard (Savoy Theatre 2023), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre 2022–), Frozen (Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2021–) and The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre 2019–). Other depping includes: The Greatest Show: Songs from Hollywood (UK Tour 2018) and shows at Brick Lane Music Hall.

Jack has also held keyboard chairs on Bare: A Pop Opera (The Vaults 2019) and Brexit The Musical (Adelaide House 2017).

Credits on amateur shows (not including those as MD) include: 9 to 5, Annie, Avenue Q, Bugsy Malone, Cats, Copacabana, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Footloose, Grease, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray, In The Heights, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Legally Blonde, Les Misérables, Loserville, Made in Dagenham, Oliver!, Our House, Phantom of the Opera, Singin’ in the Rain, Sister Act, The Addams Family and The Full Monty.

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