Alex Woolf (born 1995) lives in Cambridge, and is a composer with the National Youth Orchestra and also an Aldeburgh Young Musician. He studies with Jeffery Wilson, and also receives tuition from Anna Meredith, Larry Goves and Charlotte Bray. In the last year his music has been performed at venues such as the Southbank Centre, The Sage Gateshead and the Britten Studio, as well as in Holland. In June this year his Fanfare will be premiered by Sir Antonio Pappano and the Royal Opera House Orchestra, and will be heard as an alternative to the interval bell at each opera/ballet of the 2012/13 season. His choral work Phoenix was recorded in Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge last year, and his music will feature at this year's Snape Proms, when the Aldeburgh World Orchestra premieres a new piece to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Winning piece: Lux Aeterna
"Lux Aeterna was inspired by the structure of the 'In Nomine' cantus firmus, beginning with an initially static alto line. The alto line leads the other surrounding vocal parts into similar drone-like phrases, whilst itself becoming enriched by the other parts. Additionally, the main motifs in the piece are influenced by the intervallic relationships present in the original cantus firmus. The text seemed particularly appropriate because it speaks of God offering light to 'grant eternal rest', and this is portrayed by the constant nature of the initial alto line being passed to the other parts. Eventually, the alto line has granted rest to all the other parts, and in the process has had 'light' shone upon it in the form of more musical activity and colour, relieving it of its initial restraint."