Benedict Mason studied at King's College Cambridge before taking a degree in film-making at the Royal College of Art, concentrating on composition in his 30s; his first acknowledged work was The Hinterstoisser Traverse (1986); subsequently, he won prizes including two Britten Awards for Oil and Petrol Marks on a Wet Road..., Lighthouses of England and Wales (1988, recorded on Collins Classics) among other works.

His personal style is a  post-modern one, incorporating a variety of styles from twentieth-century romantic depictions of the sea (Lighthouses), works with spatial aspects (his Music for Concert Halls series), polyrhythms, popular music (Animals and the Origins of Dance) and medieval musical forms (Self-Referential Songs and Realistic Virelais).

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Andrew MacPherson