I am Ben Heartland, an upright and electric bassist, musical collaborator and music educator. I’m based in London and work throughout the UK and internationally.

Thanks to a good ear and experience in a wide range of styles I get to move between blues, funk, rock, jazz, classical and crossover music, and work with great musicians in many different genres, which is just the way (a-ha, a-ha) I like it. Though the music and the mood are different for each gig the satisfaction comes from the same place – feeling the energy and love created on stage and watching it flow into the audience.

Musical highlights of recent years

Passing on the craftmanship

I believe that a musician should always be learning and that we have a responsibility to pass on our craft to others, particularly young people.

I teach bass and guitar privately and in schools, and in 2012 set up the ‘Loving & Living Music’ project with personal coach Heli Rajasalo to explore, develop and teach musicianship and collaboration skills.

I have also worked with Trinity College of Music developing the bass guitar exams for their Rock & Pop syllabus, launched in 2012.

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