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John Woolrich

Portrait of John Woolrich
In this portrait, John Woolrichis framed to the right hand side. The room is dark, with heavy shadows behind him. He wars a blue shirt and stares towards the camera.

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John Woolrich is a much commissioned and frequently performed composer, a creative teacher, and an original programmer, he is an important figure in British musical life. Woolrich has a practical approach to music-making: he has founded a group, the Composers Ensemble, and a festival, Hoxton New Music Days.

Woolrich's music has been performed throughout the world by leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and all the BBC orchestras. He has written five pieces for the Proms.

He has been Artistic Director of both the Aldeburgh Festival and Dartington Summer School and until recently was Professor of Music at Brunel University. He is the Artistic Director of Folkestone New Music, promoting contemporary music in Folkestone and beyond. 

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