projects & performances

choral & artistic leadership

Artistic leadership of a 2013 film submission by the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and Youth Chorus for the It Gets Better Project.

Heather Small’s “Proud”. Words and music by Peter John Vettese and Heather Small. SATB Arrangement by Greg Gilpin. Performed by members of the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus, their families and friends.

Songs of Australia (Star Chorale, 2017)

Let it go

music by Suzann Frisk, lyrics by Michael Leunig

Performance as Associate Conductor of the Star Chorale for its Songs of Australia Concert, 2 April 2017.

One Voice (Footscray Community Choir, 2016)

the inaugural performance of the Footscray Community Choir, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 8 December 2016

Come, Let’s Be Singing

Trad.

Summer Blessing

By Faye White

Australian German Association Awards (MGLYC, 2015)

Batonebo

A traditional Georgian healing song performed by the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus, 2015. Performance for the Australian German Association Fellowship awards reception.
Music Director: Ben Leske
Accompanist: Marc Alexander

 

Out in the Spotlight (MGLC & MGLYC, 2013)

Seasons of Love

The Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus and members of the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus sing “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent by Jonathan Larson, 2013 Out in the Spotlight Concert.

Performed in honour of the memory of Naomi Cranenburgh (1998-2013).

SATB arrangement by: Roger Emerson
Soloists: Bella & KG
Music Director: Ben Leske
Accompanist: Marc Alexander

The Home & Away Theme Song

The Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus and members of the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus, 2013 (Out in the Spotlight Concert).
The Home & Away Themesong by Mike Perjanik
Arrangement by Darren Ballingall & Cameron Crawford
Music Director: Ben Leske
Accompanist: Marc Alexander

No Place I’d Rather Be (MGLC & MGLYC, 2014)

Seal Lullaby

The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre
Performed by members of the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus, 2014 (No Place I’d Rather Be Concert).
Conductor: Ben Leske (Associate Music Director)
Accompanist: Marc Alexander

 

orchestral

Kooyong Chamber Players (2015)

Spring Song

by Felix Mendelssohn. Recording of the final rehearsal of the Kooyong Chamber Players (Melbourne, Australia), November 2015. Solo Violin: Anneliese.

Serenade for Strings in E minor

by Edward Elgar (Opus 20) . Recorded at the final rehearsal of the Kooyong Chamber Players (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), November 2015.

original music

Listen to Ben’s compositions and view recent performances on the original music page.