Our conductor and musical Director, Benjamin Wolf, has led the Royal Free Music Society since 2010. He is a fun and inspiring conductor, who sets the bar high and has helped the choir grow in ability and confidence.
Ben is also Musical Director of the Zemel Choir and the Wallace Ensemble, choirmaster of Belsize Square Synagogue and a regular conductor of the Quorum Chamber Choir. In February 2015, he conducted both the Zemel and Belsize choirs at a service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. He also works as academic, pianist, singer and composer.
Ben has written music for both stage and concert hall, including a piano concerto and a cello concerto commissioned for the 70th anniversary of Belsize Square Synagogue. He has also written a number of pieces for the Zemel Choir and composed new instrumental works for the Chichester Festival. Most recently, he composed Armistice which was performed by the RFMS and Zemel choirs in November 2018. (See review)
As a pianist, Ben works as both accompanist and solo recitalist; his singing mainly focuses on performances with his own Jewish barbershop quartet, bOYbershop.
After getting his PhD in 2010, Ben worked as a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway and Senior Associate Teacher at Bristol University. He now works as Lecturer in Music at Regent’s University, London.