RPS/Classic FM 25th Birthday Commissions Winner
Alex Woolf (1995) has composed music for a wide range of artists and ensembles; these include the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Malcolm Martineau, the Tallis Scholars, and Aurora Orchestra. His music has been broadcast several times on BBC Radio 3 and performed across the UK, as well as in Holland, Italy, Germany, France, China and the United States. Alex read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 2016 with a triple First; he is now studying for an MMus in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2012 Alex was BBC Young Composer of the Year, and his Fanfare opened the 2012 International Olympic Committee session, performed at the Royal Opera House by Sir Antonio Pappano and the ROH Orchestra. Alex was commissioned to write Three Tempestuous Tunes for acclaimed tenor Nicky Spence’s debut album, recorded with pianist Malcolm Martineau. These songs received their US premiere in California in March 2015, and were subsequently broadcast on Radio 3 live from Stratford-upon-Avon to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Alex is currently a member of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Composers Scheme, writing music for the LSO to be premiered in 2018.
Mark Pemberton, Director, ABO: Membership of the RPS is invaluable in ensuring I tune into wider thinking on the state of classical music in the UK today.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Schaller Bust of Beethoven, donated in 1871, has stood on the platform of every RPS concert since then as a symbol of excellence and support for the living composer.