Ben van Tienen

Always believing in love. Always crossing the street to get to the sunny side. EP: @instructions4dancing MD: @westendmusicalchoir & @rothschild_sons

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Well then... I guess it’s time for tech! #herewego @rothschild_sons @theparktheatre

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It turns out this is the amount of caffeine it takes to get through 3 weeks of rehearsals! With gratitude and love to everyone at @thegentlemenbaristas for brightening my day with your kindness, smiles, conversation, excellent coffee, and the occasional singalong. #coffeeislife #coffeeislove #coffeeisbae

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“You remain mine, and I remain yours.” Loving this beautiful poetry and image from @notesontheway! Blessed are those who make their every waking new, who approach each new morning with childlike curiosity and wonderment. #notesontheway #notestagram #notesfromtheuniverse #notesonalife #beatitudes

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Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick outside the Lunt Fontanne Theatre, c.1970. Week 2 of @rothschild_sons rehearsals, and the more I delve into the work of these two Broadway luminaries, I’m awed by the intricacy and the integrity of their work. I can’t wait to discover more! (@bygonebroadway how great is this photo?!) #rehearsal #MDlife #bygonebroadway #offwestend #parktheatre #rothschild

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I don’t know where the time went, but suddenly it’s Day 1 on @rothschild_sons! Excited to get stuck into this story and this music! @theparktheatre #dayone #firstdayofschool #itsearly #secondcoffeebeforeten

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This year,
I give: Page of Chalices
“Something as simple and as pure as a bowl of water can initiate a journey of the heart. Take what little you have and give freely. Whatever you expend will be returned to you in some grander, more compelling form.”
I receive: The Sun
I receive the impetus for all things to grow upwards and exult in the sheer bliss of living. I receive this reminder that life is wonderful and precious.
I believe: Seven of Pentacles
I believe that what I plant will grow. I believe in only planting what is wholesome and I believe in doing my best to foster it to its full maturity with care and generosity. I believe that within every seed lies a sleeping empire.
I am not: Two of Swords
I am not my fears. I am not my uncertainties. I do not dwell in false realities. I am not blind to the truth in the situation. I am not disturbed by needless fears.
I am: The Chariot
I am my own momentum. I am as self-assured as I wish. “If through careful preparation, self-discipline, and steady determination you find yourself a victor, you have every right to be proud of your accomplishments. Direct this energy into further efforts; have total confidence in your abilities.”
I will: Three of Wands
I will stoke the fire gently, compassionately, with thoughtful maintenance - through simple ritual. I will remember that my vision needs to be fed and sustained. “Don’t rage into a blaze or douse yourself unnecessarily with doubt or dismay. Small victories and careful progress suggest you are succeeding.”
I create: Ace of Wands
“Molten energy strikes out of the ground and thrusts upwards. Untempered, it takes no definite shape - it is infinitely malleable depending on what conduit attracts it.” I will manifest this energy into my dreams, through creativity, compassion, and steady discipline.
I embody: The Empress
In the midst of all life’s minutiae and triviality, I remember to revel in the most basic joy - I am alive.
Spread: @carriemallon
Cards & quotes: @prismavisionstarot
#tarot #manifest2018 #newyearseve

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I feel like this sums up the weekend beautifully. I had a blast conducting @westendmusicalchoir all over London! Here’s a picture of some of us singing our first set at @stpancrasinternational yesterday, with our biggest fan dancing out front! #christmas #choirjoy

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What a lovely evening playing alongside these stunners (@davidruff66, @kathjames, @hornbergercello, @pete.hutchison) for the @casongbirds Christmas concert! Highlights included: Dave’s whistling solo, my mirrorball earring getting its own round of applause, Kath’s interval glass of wine, and my percussion playing, if I say so myself. Let’s do it again next year! #bestdayever #itsbeginningtolookalotlikechristmas #icanplaythespicegirlsnow #nottomentioncoldplay

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“Cœur,” I learned from @brenebrown, is the root word of courage, and the original definition of courage is “to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.” That’s something to remind myself in every minute. So now I can, thanks to the awesome skills of @tomvincent.tattoo! He was so kind and made me feel so at home, and as a bonus we got to geek out about veganism the whole time. Thanks Tom! Also @jinayreitze and @calebteicher were the best moral support squad ever. (@kaysmurph and @_jonathan.oliver remember when we first discussed this back in the day?!). @brokendaggertattooparlor #tattoo #courage #vulnerability #flow #coeur

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I’m getting so wound up in self-care lately that, funnily enough, I forget to find room for myself! I get so busy thinking, “I should meditate more. I should try to get to more yoga classes. I should oil pull for longer. I should have started A Course in Miracles sooner.” Where is the self-care in those statements?! Ummmm... It’s NOT THERE. It’s perfectionism and shame and even a subtle self-aggression masking itself as self-care! In the midst of all of this, I’ve been bashing away at my keyboard daily, learning a bunch of new notes, but never actually playing for ME - for my heart, for my soul, for my connection to self - my ultimate form of self-care! And today I made time. And yes, I filmed it, in the hope that posting it here might help me be accountable. So here’s a song I’m obsessed with - Omar Sharif, from @thebandsvisit. I love it. #selfcare #perfectionism #selflove #piano #byeshame #flow

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I love to laugh. I love it when @themosthappydancerboy makes me laugh. I love clearing my soul and ditching seriousness and being entirely silly. #gayabandon #laughter #love #faceplant #joy

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It is the greatest joy to have had the opportunity to practice at @laughinglotusny these last six weeks. What a glorious sanctuary of light and love! I always leave it feeling like I've expanded into my truest self. I've learned so much about myself and the world, thanks to the joy and light from my fellow yogis, and the guidance, wisdom and love from the beautiful souls that teach there (@supermatt1123, @kfrizzle00, @marydanayoga, @alicramer, @yanik.faylayev, @deborahlangleyyoga, I'm talkin' to you guys). So grateful and humbled to be part of this community. I'm taking everything I've learned back to the UK with a very full, very happy heart. "May the longtime sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way on." #laughinglotus #borntofly #menofyoga #yogaislife #grateful #instayoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogagay

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Perth-based choir Voyces have recorded two tracks of... meeee! "Across the Dark" and "i carry your heart with me" are both on Spotify! Check them out! #australiancomposer #voyces #spotify

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What a night. A theatre audience turns into a room full of activists. I could listen to this man talk for hours - well, in fact, I did, but the 2 hours went by in a flash. And a guest appearance tonight by the great @stephencolbert - inspiring, human, hilarious. And to cap it off it was all directed by @funnygirluk's own @rufusmayhem! Loved it. #termsofmysurrender #beanactivist

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Ethan Mordden tells the best My Fair Lady anecdote ever. It really was that season's Hamilton! #myfairlady #hitofthecentury

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It's the 60th anniversary of the show that changed my life. West Side Story - still insanely relevant, still fresh, still poignant, still musically on point. I made my way through around 800 performances of this, either playing or conducting, but our week in Essen in 2012 was one of the most fun. The pit was too small to fit piano and keys next to each other - so I just ran between the two. @mvf10 caught the process one day :) Thank you WSS, I am who I am because of you. #westsidestory #proudmd #orchestrapit #pitpiano #viewsfromthepiano #westsidestoryonstage #60thanniversary

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"Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don't belong. You will always find it because you've made that your mission. Stop scouring people's faces for evidence that you're not enough. You will always find it because you've made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don't negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you." Being still and quiet and letting these @brenebrown words sink in. #spiritjunkie #courage #bravingthewilderness

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Oh, you'd better believe she is. Let's do this, Donna. #peaking #allaboutthediva #divadreams #yassskween

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Oh hi NYC, I'm back! Caffeinated and ready for adventures :) So excited to see all the people and do all the things! And my first subway ride was air-conditioned. Things have changed. #NYC

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"Let the sunlight free the heart forever bound to roam, and let the waking morning find the weary traveller returning home." So that's the end of @funnygirluk - an exhilarating, overwhelming, all-consuming, glorious, joyful whirlwind. So much love for a company of beautiful souls, in the pit, onstage, and backstage. What a privilege and an honour. #grateful #glowing

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Resident teams Dance and Music on @funnygirluk. It's our last day today and these three people have held me up, supported me, and encouraged me every single day. I'm so proud of everything we've created together. #grateful #untilwemeetagain

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Nothing to see here. I'm just casually sipping a between-shows coffee from my new mug that @lisalisey87 bought me! She's the sweetest. @funnygirluk #coffeeislife #coffeeislove #coffeeisqueen #nowaitthatsme #iamqueen

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Just a casual Pride Warmup look, prior to a double show day @funnygirluk, with two of my faves :) @abii_honey @david5969

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Fear is a sign that you're relying on your own strength. Freedom is a sign that you're relying on the Universe. Releasing my fear and relenting into the Universe. Conducting the waves. -
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#fear #freedom #flow #spiritjunkie

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"No liberation without practice; no practice without a body." I'm grateful for my body and everything I learn from it, with it, and through it. -
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"Our problem is not that the world lacks magic; our problem is that we don't believe in its magic." Y'all gotta read Marianne Williamson's "Everyday Grace." You can always find something new and beautiful in it. I opened it up this morning for the first time in forever, and was so motivated by this passage. The woman is a goddess. So inspiring! #manifestation #spiritjunkie #lawofattraction

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Because when I play, I take myself out of Shame, I take myself out of Fear, I take myself out of Resistance, and I end up being Just Me, flowing in the moment. And there is a cool angled window in my dressing room at @bordgaisenergytheatre. And I'm obsessed with this song from @anastasiabway. There, I think that's all you need to know right now. #byeshame #flow

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So, I don't know if I've mentioned this, but the @funnygirluk company is full of kindhearted, generous souls who fill me with pride and joy on a daily basis. And @nigelbarberact (one of the warmest souls of ALL) just happened to snap this during vocal warmup today. And I happen to be beaming because even at 1:30pm on a Wednesday, they make a sound that does them, and me, far more than proud. I just love 'em. (Oh! And check out the magnificence of @thecentre_yganolfan behind me! As Nigel would say, "how cool is that?!") #proudmd #vocalwarmup #themostjoyful

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After a crazily long hiatus, I'm writing again. With profound gratitude to @zachy89 and @markozzie for the inspiration, and @sydney_philharmonia_choirs for the impetus. It's like finding my voice when I didn't realise I'd lost it. There's a rightness to the world again. #dreamer #shesback #itspasttime #manifestation

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Because sometimes, tour life sends you to the seaside in the middle of a heatwave, and provides you with a balcony, and you get to do your yoga outside, and you lean your weary body into the sun, and the birds sing along. Perfection. #dreamer #yogisofinstagram #yogaeverydamnday

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