Prelude: “1939” (premiere 26/6/16)

My orchestral piece Prelude: “1939”, written for the symphony orchestra of Eton College as part of my residency there, will be premiered on 26th June (details on the poster below). The piece takes a painting by Hans Feibusch as its starting point. This is my first time writing for a youth orchestra, and I have been thrilled by…

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Violin and Cello Commission

I am thrilled to announce that I have been commissioned by Mike Newman and Tim Rathbone to write a piece for violin and cello. I have had the good fortune of working with these two amazing players before as part of Khymerikal on Star Songs. The piece will be premiered towards the end of this year – watch this…

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“Scenes from the End” Summer Performances

My one-woman opera, “Scenes from the End”, written for the amazing Heloise Werner, has runs in London and Edinburgh this summer, directed by Emily Burns. The show goes from the cosmic to the very intimate, considering what grieving for “the end” might mean at different times and in different forms. It received its first outing at…

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“Five Anatomical Sketches”

A recording of my piano piece Five Anatomical Sketches is now online at jonathanwoolgar.com/listen, played by its dedicatee Philip Sharp. Here is the programme note: These five sketches are austere, the bone and sinew of my compositional thinking. That is not to say they are cold or clinical; indeed, they are to be played with utmost expressivity and…

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