Alex Woolf: Red Handed

In June 2012, the Tallis Scholars gave a concert in Durham Cathedral that included the winning entries of the 2012 National Centre For Early Music’s Composers Award. Since then, here in Durham, we’ve heard a lot from local boy Ben Rowarth, who won the 19-25 category, but what about the younger winner, Alex Woolf? Well, he’s been pretty busy too, including a stint as principal composer of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and this week he’s launched his first album, a collection of his own works for solo piano.

Gala lunchtime jazz

I’ve been sent some information about a series of four Friday lunchtime jazz concerts, being put on at the Gala Theatre by jazz pianist Paul Edis. I don’t know very much about jazz, despite my husband’s best efforts to educate me, but I thoroughly approve of lunchtime concerts, particularly on Fridays.