A Bradford-born, award-winning film composer who penned the score for Johnny Depp’s latest film London Fields has become the newest ambassador for UK aid agency, CAFOD.
Benson Taylor, whose music has featured in TV shows the Big Bang Theory, Orange is the New Black and Two and a Half Men is currently supporting the charity’s Big Fish Lent Appeal.
A lifelong Catholic and regular observer of Lent, the married father-of-two has a long history of working to improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.
He was previously involved with the UN and the World Food programme, raising awareness for the Zero Hunger campaign. Benson has also travelled with a number of other charities to countries such as Kenya, Cambodia and Tanzania to combat poverty.
Benson, who regularly attends Leeds Cathedral, was one of the founding committee members of homeless charity, Emmaus UK in Bradford.
The accomplished composer, who divides his time between UK and USA, has numerous accolades to his name. In December 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford for his services to music and charity and is one of only a handful of selected artists – including Bob Marley, David Bowie and U2 – to be published by Fairwood Music.
“I’ve supported the work of CAFOD for as long as I can remember. What has always stood out for me is how CAFOD strides towards its goals while maintaining dignity for those most needy,” Benson told The Universe.
“This is no more evident than during Lent – one of the most sacred times of the year.
“As a Catholic, the social teachings of the Church are something I reflect on daily and I’m inspired to join forces with the incredible and like-minded team at CAFOD.
“I’m excited to join CAFOD on this journey as their new ambassador.”
Jen Corlew, CAFOD’s director of communications, said: “Benson will be a fantastic asset to CAFOD. He has an impressive track record of working on poverty issues both at home and abroad – motivated by his passionate Catholic faith.
“He also brings a tremendous creative energy which we are hoping to harness so that CAFOD can continue to raise awareness and ultimately, improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.
“We are pleased to welcome Benson on board.”
Read more about Benson Taylor in next week’s Universe as he speaks to Nick Benson about his appointment as CAFOD’s newest celebrity ambassador; his faith; and his work. Next issue will be available on Friday, 17th March.
Picture: Benson Taylor holding Bob the Fish, who is taken from CAFOD’s current Big Fish Lent Appeal. (Photo: Michael Chin).