Benedict Westenra

writing

About me

I teach music like a language to over 40,000 students, and have 2 plays in development. I also filmed long-form interviews with senior figures in Ukraine during the war, and set up a sciences scholarship at Cambridge University.

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teaching

For a decade I taught music freelance to signed artists and senior record execs, and developed original teaching methods in the process. Slowly I released these to the general public in the form of interactive video courses, and now have over 40,000 paying students worldwide.

The best piano teacher in London. It even says so on his website.

Lenny Henry

playwriting

A serious political drama about spinning too many plates when you probably shouldn’t be spinning plates in the first place because they’re not your plates and I’m not inviting you to dinner again oh God look what you’ve done to my carpet

My first play is a farce set against the backdrop of the 1848 Revolution in Prague. It was developed by Glass Half Full Productions and I was mentored by Stephen Sondheim during its development . I’m currently pursuing a production.

A kind of Muslim Annie Hall

My second play is a meta-comedy that wrestles with the question of how to make sense of a relationship once it’s over. It was dramaturged by Leo Butler, who was Playwriting Tutor at the Royal Court for a decade.

Composing

I studied Music at Cambridge, and have been composing and arranging ever since.

In 2020 I was commissioned to write a composition for a group exhibition in Spiridonov House in Moscow, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. The piece was due to be accompanied by a music-responsive light installation by Moritz Waldemeyer and a custom scent by Tom Dixon.

I wrote all of the songs for my first show, which Stephen Sondheim invited me to play to him in his house in NY.

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No life worthy of the name consists of anything more than the continual series of struggles to develop one’s character through the medium of whatever one has chosen as a career.

Juan Belmonte

Ukraine

I first visited Ukraine in 2021, where I received weapons training and learned to ride a motorbike. During the first week of the war, I organised a projection project in London, displaying messages from friends onto prominent buildings on the Southbank.

I first visited Ukraine during the war in Oct 2022, where I filmed a couple of amateur interviews that went viral on YouTube, and returned in May 2023 and hired a camera crew to film long-form interviews with senior figures such as the best firearms instructor in the country and Zelensky’s Economic Advisor.

Tigris Scholarship

In Aug 2023 I set up the Tigris Scholarship to sponsor the most exceptional students from underprivileged countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia to do a one-year masters in the hard sciences at Cambridge University. In addition to full financial support, students can receive one-on-one mentoring from leaders in their field, such as Stephen Wolfram, Lars Blackmore at SpaceX, and the founder of the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

In March 2024 we awarded the first scholarship. I’m currently fundraising to enable the scholarship to continue in perpetuity.

House of Lords

I am a regular attendee of the House of Lords, with an interest in cultural and foreign policy. I ran for election in Nov 2023 and received 37 first-choice votes, which would have been enough to win in the previous election but not in that one. I intend to run again the next time a seat becomes available.

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