Jonathan Woolgar

Jonathan Woolgar

RPS Composer 2020 | Cheltenham Music Festival 2021

Jonathan Woolgar draws from a wide range of musical experience to create work that is communicative without compromise.

His music has been performed at the Bridgewater Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Basilica San Marco, Venice by performers such as Manchester Camerata, Aurora Orchestra and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, as well as broadcast several times on BBC Radio 3. In 2010, Jonathan won BBC Young Composer. He has since been Composer in Residence and composition teacher at Eton College for 2015-17, and Composer in Residence at Cambridge University Musical Society for 2016-17. Jonathan has done several major projects with soprano Héloïse Werner, mostly recently Song-Messages which was performed at The Red House, Aldeburgh last year as part of Benjamin Britten’s birthday concert. Other recent projects include writing for the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the Panufnik Composers Scheme and a premiere at the Wigmore Hall.

Whilst currently based in London, Jonathan originally hails from Pontefract in West Yorkshire. He attended Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester from 2008-10, studying composition with Jeremy Pike and Gavin Wayte. From 2010-13 he read music at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge where he studied composition with Giles Swayne, before going on to study with David Sawer at the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently studying for a PhD with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, alongside an active teaching career.

Twitter: @JonathanWoolgar

The commissions we are able to give to the composers on our 2020-21 Composers programme are made possible thanks to RPS Members and support from the Susan Bradshaw Composers' Fund, Delius Trust, the Elgar Bursary Fund, The Fidelio Charitable Trust, Garrick Charitable Trust, Presteigne Festival and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.