From a local debut in "Acis and Galatea" near his Blackheath home, twelve-year-old Simon Woolf was catapulted into London's musical life at the highest professional level. His second concert found him singing solos in Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall alongside Joan Sutherland. Since then Simon Woolf has been in continual demand for the concert platform, operatic stage, radio and television. His operatic roles have included Amah! and he has completed two seasons in The Magic Flute at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His gramophone recordings include duets with Fischer-Dieskau and John Shirley-Quirk.
After a star-studded childhood career as a treble, Simon Woolf went to an opposite pole of the musical world, becoming a jazz bassist. He regularly performs with many of the top London players, notably as part of Andy Panayi's Mulligan-infIuenced quartet, as well as backing visiting Americans. He has a distinguished freelance career which includes stints with Bobby Wellins, Bill le Sage, Dave Cliff, John Critchinson, cornettist Ruby Braff and singer Weslia Whitfield.
As well as working with Andy Panayi's Quartet, he is also a regular member of bands led by pianist Peter Jacobsen and Geoff Simkins. Recordings include a trio with Harry Allen and Howard Alden and an appearance on Steve Melling's recent release. He also composes, plays piano and sousaphone, teaches jazz bass at both Trinity and Royal Colleges of Music and is a regular contributor to 'Doublebassist' magazine.