Welcome to the website of Benjamin Wolf, a musician and academic known for his work in classical and Jewish music and his research into musical life in twentieth-century Britain. He regularly performs as conductor, pianist, singer and composer, and is Musical Director of the Zemel Choir, the Wallace Ensemble and the Royal Free Music Society, and Choirmaster of Belsize Square Synagogue. He is Lecturer in Music at Regent's University, London, and a former lecturer at Royal Holloway and the University of Bristol.
Please feel free to watch videos, listen to music tracks and find out more about the choirs and ensembles that feature in Benjamin's musical life. You can also download some of his music.
Here is Benjamin Wolf performing the second movement of his piano concerto L'Chaim (recorded live in April 2015) with the Wallace Ensemble at Belsize Square Synagogue.
These are very different pieces – Fifty Shades of Hay and Ten Green Hand Grenades – performed by bOYbershop at a joint concert with the Zemel Choir in late 2012. bOYbershop has recently recorded an album of music first performed for the Montefiore Heritage Day concert in 2014, and this includes many new arrangements. You can download the album by clicking on the link to the right. The quartet has also recently performed for the Sacrées Journées de Strasbourg (2015).
Benjamin has recently performed at a number of important interfaith events. In February 2015 he was one of the organisers and performers for a service at Westminster Abbey commemorating the Liberation of Auschwitz, while in 2013 he conducted at Westminster Abbey for a Service of Solemn Remembrance and Hope on the seventy-fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Photo: Westminster Abbey/Andrew Dunsmore
In November 2014 he performed at the Sacrées Journées de Strasbourg. Here is the Zemel Choir performing at the Strasbourg Mosque.
And here they are performing at the third European Jewish Choral Festival in Rome (June 2014):
In November 2014 he conducted Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Royal Free Music Society, the Zemel Choir and the Hampstead Sinfonietta.
Other recent projects have included a CD recording with the Zemel Choir of music performed on its 2013 USA tour. You can purchase the CD here or download it from Itunes and other providers. This recording includes two of the pieces that Benjamin wrote specially for the choir.