Guy Anthony Woolfenden (1937, Ipswich, UK - 15 April 2016, Sibford Ferris, Oxfordshire, UK) was a British composer and conductor.
He studied at Westminster Abbey Choir School, Whitgift School, and Christ's College in Cambridge. He was Artistic Director of the Cambridge Festival from 1986 to 1991, and recently retired as Music Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a position he held from 1962. He was also the founder of the publishing company, Ariel Music.
In addition to being a horn player of considerable skill, he conducted all the major British symphony orchestras and gave concerts in Canada, France and Germany. His composition credits include in excess of 150 scores for the RSC, many written for Wind Orchestra instrumentation and textures. Woolfenden's compositions for winds are performed all over the world, and many are recorded on CD. Woolfenden was also conductor of the Birmingham Conservatory Wind Orchestra.
Works for Winds
- Birthday Treat
- Bohemian Dances
- Claremont Canzona
- Curtain Call
- Deo Gracias (1986)
- Divertimento for Band
- French Impressions (1998)
- Illyrian Dances (1986)
- Irish Reel (as arranger) (1936/2000)
- Mockbeggar Variations
- SPQR (1988)
- Suite Française (1991)
- Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 644.
- Perkins, Bruce Wendell. Guy Woolfenden on Influences, Inspiration and Productivity Winds Magazine.