Aaron David Wolfe is a composer and arranger hailing from the Rossendale valley in Lancashire, in the north west of England. A brass bander with over 20 years’ service in the Whitworth Vale & Healey Brass Band organisation, as a player, tutor and later Youth Band Music Director. Aaron first began to take a keen interest in composition during his A-Level studies at Bacup ad Rawtenstall Grammar School, composing a work entitled The Knights of Norweigia, under the watchful eye of Andrea Price.
In 2010, Aaron began studying for a BA (Hons) in Music at the University of Salford. Under the guidance of Professor Peter Graham, Aaron penned The Journey of St Cuthbert, a programmatic work depicting the perilous journey of St Cuthbert’s coffin from Lindisfarne to Durham following an attack by invading Vikings. In 2013 Aaron went on to graduate from the University of Salford with a first-class honours degree, having majored in Music Composition and Band Arranging. The Journey of St Cuthbert, ultimately features as the centrepiece of his Composition Portfolio and later the Foden’s Composition Competition 2014.
Following on from his Bachelor studies, Aaron undertook a Masters in Music Composition, under the guidance of Dan Price. During this time Aaron penned The Cotton Mill Worker. This was a collaborative work, which saw him collaborate with the Lowry Art Museum, a local poet and narrator, Peter Clarke and sound engineer Sarah Hudson. In 2015, he graduated with a Masters in Music Composition from the University of Salford and a PGCE in Secondary Music Teaching from the University of Cumbria.
During his time at Salford, Aaron studied under the tutelage of Professor Peter Graham, Dr Howard Evans, Dan Price, Les Neish, Brett Baker and had the opportunity to attend masterclasses delivered by Nigel Clarke and Paul Lovatt-Cooper.
Aaron is a passionate advocate for Arts Education and is keen to offer arts opportunities to children regardless of their background. He is currently a KS3 classroom music teacher in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Having moved to the UAE in 2016 to begin life in Educational Arts Management at the International Music Institute Group, Abu Dhabi and later Melodica Music & Dance Institute, Abu Dhabi/Dubai.
He has composed many pieces for string orchestras and quartets, a cinematic soundtrack for piano, drum kits and string quartet and arrangements for brass band, tuba quartet and wind bands.