Guy Woolfenden

Guy Woolfenden has conducted concerts with many of the major British symphony and chamber orchestras, and his imaginative programmes are highly regarded. He enjoys a close association with many composers and has conducted an impressive number of first performances.

His theatrical flair finds its natural outlet in opera, and his credits include three productions with Scottish Opera and, in London, the first British productions of Nielsen's Saul and David, Tchaikovsky's Maid of Orleans and Liszt's Don Sanche.

In collaboration with choreographer André Prokovsky, he has arranged the music for four full-length ballets, which he has subsequently conducted in productions with Australian Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Hong Kong Ballet Comapny, Scottish Ballet and Asami Maki Ballet, Tokyo. He conducted the acclaimed Russian premiere of Anna Karenina with The Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1993.

With around 150 scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company and an impressive list of credits with major European theatre companies, including the Comédie-Française, Paris, the Burgtheater, Vienna, the Teatro di Stabile, Genoa and the Norwegian National Theatre, Oslo, Guy Woolfenden's theatre music is highly regarded throughout the world. He has collaborated with some of the world's finest directors, designers and choreographers in many award-winning productions.

A natural communicator and enthusiast, Guy Woolfenden enjoys the challenge of a wide variety of musical opportunities. From introducing young people to the delights of the concert hall, running workshops for new composers and working with students at the Birmingham Conservatoire, to delivering his amusing lectures about music in the theatre, audiences are captivated by his imagination, practical musicianship and sense of humour.

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