Academic

Forthcoming: book chapter in Oxford University Press volume Global Perspectives on Orchestras (The British Symphony Orchestra and the Arts Council of Great Britain).

The December 2013 issue of 'The Musical Times' includes Benjamin's article,'The SPNM 1943 - 1975: a retrospective'. Details can be found here.

Recent conference papers have explored the Musicians' Union (Glasgow 2016), nineteenth-century Jewish choral music (Leeds 2015), the life of Louis Lewandowski (Rome 2015), the career of Alick Maclean (NABMSA 2014), Ewan MacColl's 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' (Popmac 2013), the place of new opera at the Royal Opera House in the post-war period (NABMSA 2012), and  British attitudes to censorship after the Second World War (RMA/King's College London, 2012).

Benjamin Wolf's PhD thesis is available for download from the British Library's Ethos system. You can find it here. If you have any problems please use the contact form on this website.

Wildlife Photos (the hobby)
Next Appearance

3rd March 2018 - The Royal Free Music Society. Bach Magnificat and Monteverdi Beatus Vir

4th March 2018 - Come and Sing Pesach and Purim (with the Zemel Choir)

Benjamin will then be taking a sabbatical in Boston, but will return for:

13th May 2018 - 'Hatikvah', a silent film from 1930s Germany performed with live musical accompaniment (Birmingham)

6th - 11th June 2018 - Choir festival in Lviv, Ukraine

23rd June 2018 - Royal Free Music Society Summer Concert

24th June 2018 - Zemel Choir concert

 

 

Music Downloads
Belsize Square Synagogue: Todah V
The Zemel Choir: Celebrate With Song

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Composition

The Etz Chayim Cello Concerto was written for the 70th anniversary of Belsize Square Synagogue. It was described as an 'individual sound world of colour and incisive brilliance' (Jewish Renaissance Magazine April 2009). You can download the concerto using the link on this page. Recorded live with the Wallace Ensemble and cellist Gemma Rosefield.

You may also be interested in other compositions using ancient Greek or Jewish elements:

'Siren Song' (based on Ancient Greek Modes), performed by Hannah Rosenfelder and Anneke Hodnett

'Echoes from the voice of God', using biblical cantillation

bOYbershop

Here's bOybershop singing the 'Only Jewish Cowgirl'. You can download this track (and the recording of the whole concert) by clicking on the link to the left.

Piano

'A Frayer Foigl', with Ruti Halvani

'Kaddish' by Ravel, with Marc Finer

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, the Royal Free Music Society, and the choirs of Belsize Square Synagogue. He is Senior Lecturer in Music at Regent's University, London, and a former lecturer at Royal Holloway and the University of Bristol. He is also the founder of the bOYbershop quartet.

Here is a new bOYbershop video (performing Ocho Kandelikas for Chanukah 2017)

Here is Benjamin performing the second movement of his piano concerto L'Chaim with the Wallace Ensemble at Belsize Square Synagogue. This movement uses biblical cantillation as its inspiration.

These are more light-hearted pieces - Fifty Shades of Hay and Ten Green Hand Grenades, performed by bOYbershop. You can download bOYbershop's latest album (Bendigamos) by clicking on the link to the right.

 

 

As conductor, Benjamin has performed at a number of important international and interfaith events. In 2015 he was one of the organisers and performers for a service at Westminster Abbey commemorating the Liberation of Auschwitz, while in 2013 he performed the same role for a Service of Solemn Remembrance and Hope on the seventy-fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht. He has also performed for the Sacrées Journées de Strasbourg, and has been a regular visit to the Montefiore Synagogue in Ramsgate for its annual Montefiore Day concert. In 2012 he created the first European Jewish Choral Festival with the Zemel Choir, and has attended most of the subsequent festivals, including those in Rome and St Petersburg (2017). He has also forged a strong link with Berlin, having performed with different choirs at the annual Louis Lewandowski Festival (most recently in 2017), and at the anniversary celebrations for the Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue (2016).

Photo: Westminster Abbey/Andrew Dunsmore

Here is the Zemel Choir performing at the Strasbourg mosque.

Benjamin also regularly performs music from the standard Western canon, particularly in oratorio performances with the Royal Free Music Society.