Academic

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

Otherwise, recent conference papers have explored 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

November 2016 - Tour to Israel (Zemel)

19th November 2016 - Haydn's Creation (Zemel and RFMS)

15th January 2017 - Zemel Choir Come and Sing Show Music

22nd January 2017 - bOYbershop at Belsize

 

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

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 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.