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.

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Next Appearance

18th March 2017 - Haydn Nelson Mass with RFMS

19th March 2017 - Come and Sing Pesach at Belsize Square (Zemel)

26th March 2017 - Choral Extravaganza at Belsize Square Synagogue (the choirs of Belsize Square and the youth choir of Berlin's Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue)

14th May 2017 - Family Music Day at Belsize with the Zemel Choir and the Wallace Ensemble

 

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

Benjamin Wolf has written music for the concert hall and the theatre. He has primarily written Jewish music (both choral, vocal and instrumental), though he has also recently written music based on ancient Greek modes, as well as music in more traditional idioms. His most recent compositions have been for choir, quartet and orchestra. You can hear some of his music below, and click the links to the right to purchase tracks.

Composition Samples:

Comic Music (quartet)

 The Only Jewish Cowgirl - a comic song about true love, by Benjamin Wolf and Nicky Goldberg. Performed by bOYbershop.

Jewish Cowgirl by bOYbershop

Concert Music

1) Extracts from the Etz Chayim concerto, commissioned for the 70th anniversary of Belsize Square Synagogue. Performed by the Wallace Ensemble and cellist Gemma Rosefield, conducted by Benjamin Wolf. To purchase the whole work, click on the link to the right.

Etz Chayim 1st movt extract by Benjamin Wolf

 

Etz Chayim 2nd movt extract by Benjamin Wolf

Etz Chayim 3rd movt extract by Benjamin Wolf 

 

2) Jewish Choral Music

Three pieces recorded by the Zemel Choir - two contrasting settings of Adon Olam and one piece combining English and Hebrew.

 

 

3) Siren Song - a composition based on a text from Homer's Odyssey, and using reconstructions of ancient Greek modes. Performed by Hannah Rosenfelder and Anneke Hodnett.

Siren Song by Benjamin Wolf

4) Extracts from L'Chaim, a piano concerto written in 2003. Performed live by the Wallace Ensemble and Charles Owen (piano), conducted by Benjamin Wolf.

L'Chaim 1st movt extract by Benjamin Wolf

L'Chaim 2nd movt extract by Benjamin Wolf

L'Chaim 3rd movt extract by Benjamin Wolf

 

Theatre Music

The following two tracks are taken from incidental music composed for productions of Lonsdale's 'Canaries Sometimes Sing' (a 1920s comedy) and an adaptation of Rossetti's dark poem, 'Goblin Market'.

Canaries Sometimes Sing - Introduction by Benjamin Wolf

 

Goblin Market Intro (extract) by Benjamin Wolf