Benjamin Rimmer


Benjamin Rimmer is a composer based in London. He studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He recently composed the score for the ballet Sandmann, commissioned by Oper Graz and choreographed by Andreas Heise. Sandmann was nominated for the Austrian Music Theatre Prize (2020) in the category of Best Total Ballet Production. Eveline Koberg of described Benjamin’s score as a “finely tuned network of thoughts and feelings that enhanced and supported the expression of the production; it is equally melodic and dreamily romantic as well as it is hard, alienating, and even frightening through soundscapes of unfamiliar tone sequences.”

Other commissions include those from Classic FM and the Royal Philharmonic Society, Ballett Im Revier Gelsenkirchen with choreographer Bridget Breiner, and acclaimed harpist Eleanor Turner. His work of late has been performed by ensembles such as Voces8, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Elias Quartet, Jugendkonzertchor Der Chorakademie Dortmund, and many others.

His film music has also been performed live to picture at The Barbican’s Silent Film & Live Music series and, in 2016, to a screening of Albert Lamorisse’s Le Ballon Rouge at Milton Court Concert Hall. The latter was a collaborative re-scoring of the French classic.

In 2014 he was the youngest composer shortlisted for the Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS 2015 award and, in 2015, was one of the ten winning composers of the Oticons International Film Music Competition. In 2019 he was nominated for two Production Music Awards, under pseudonym Ben George.