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Preview: Kenneth Woods- A View From the Podium

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Tue, 02 Jan 2018 11:45:27 +0000

“What an astonishing year for British symphonies on disc… Philip Sawyers‘s classically structured Third, however, out-compels its rivals in sweep, scope and and the ESO’s gripping performance” Congrats to April Fredrick, soprano, and producer Simon Fox-Gal, but especially to Philip. We’re so proud of our affiliation with him as our John McCabe Composer-in-Association, a collaboration which has […]

In conversation- Kenneth Woods talks to Phil Rowlands about Brahms opus 26

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 23:05:52 +0000

Filmed between recording sessions for Ken’s latest Nimbus CD, Ken and producer Phil Rowlands talk about his new orchestration of Brahms’ largest chamber music work.    

Classical Music Magazine- KW on the 21CSP

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:52:21 +0000

A nice piece in the current issue of Classical Music Magazine about the English Symphony Orchestra’s 21st Century Symphony Project. Click here to subscribe. Click here to purchase Philip Sawyers’ Third Symphony on CD Check it out on Spotify here:

Hans Gál on the 30th Anniversary of his Death

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:32:48 +0000

It’s exactly 30 years today since the death of Hans Gál. In his early career, he was one of the compositional stars of his generation, his music heard in leading concert halls and opera houses across Europe. First banned by the Nazi’s in 1933, he escaped to the UK and went on to a distinguished second […]

New management for Ken

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:13:30 +0000

Some very exciting news! I’m very pleased to report that I have signed with Andrew Strange for general management. Andrew has extensive experience in both artist management and orchestral touring, having spent ten years with IMG Artists Europe and subsequently working with Harrison/Parrott, Rayfield Allied, and International Classical Artists. He currently represents a select group of […]

Explore the Score- Haydn Symphony no. 60 “Il Distratto”

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:44:20 +0000

You can hear my colleagues in the English Symphony Orchestra and me perform this fantastic work on Hereford Shirehall on Sunday, the 1st October. Booking info here Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Symphony no.60 in C major “II Distratto” (The Distracted Gentleman) The symphonies Haydn wrote during the middle period of his creative life are often […]

Composer Struggles to Find Inspiration for Recently Finished Piece

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:56:38 +0000

Respected composer Maynard Pitchworth is reported to be struggling to come up with an inspiration for his recently completed new orchestral work. Pitchworth’s output includes such popular works as the concert suite “Strips of Bacon” retroactively inspired by the eerie similarity of the visual impacts of triptychs by painter Francis Bacon to Sunday morning comic […]

CD Review: BBC Music Magazine on Krenek Complete Piano Concertos, vol. 2

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:35:38 +0000

A fantastic review from BBC Music Magazine in their August 2017 issue for volume two of the Complete Piano Concertos of Ernst Krenek “All the soloists on this beautifully recorded disc deliver totally committed performances. Special praise, however, is due to the English Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Woods, conductor, who negotiate this totally unfamiliar music with real flair.” […]

Lenny Lights it Up

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:27:14 +0000

This is another real YouTube treasure. I’m conducting this mini-masterpiece tomorrow for the first time in about 20 years, but it’s a piece you hear (or least I hear) all the time, and there are many good performances out there under Bernstein’s baton (and others). The most famous, and most often seen and heard, recording […]


Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:29:38 +0000

More international praise for John Joubert – Composer‘s magnificent Jane Eyre- An Opera in Two Acts on SOMM Recordings, this time from Classica in France. ‘The vocal distribution of this creatiòn in Birmingham is of astounding beauty. April Fredrick assumes from end to end an overwhelming role with a palette that evolves from alto to coloratura soprano with supreme […]

A Brahmsian Update

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:45:42 +0000

A little update on the Brahms Piano Quartet orchestration project, for those of you interested…. A quick summary of how we got to where we are! The arrangement had its genesis in 2008 in Ischia when the idea came to me. I spent a good chunk of that summer annotating my score of the original […]


Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:43:36 +0000

We’re delighted to note a wonderful review of Philip Sawyers‘s Third Symphony and Songs of Loss and Regret as performed at St John’s Smith Square on 28 February in the new issue of Musical Opinion – Quarterly from Martin Anderson. Both works and the Fanfare also heard on that concert feature on our upcoming Nimbus Records recording to be released in October. “Profundity […]

Everything you need to know to conduct an orchestra

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:41:04 +0000

In the spirit of fairness and balance and for the good of music in general, we’ve established a list of “top tips” for conductors offered by each section in the orchestra. Take them to heart and you’ll go far. Or maybe you won’t 🙂   Flute- I picked this flute because this is the kind […]

Everything you need to know to play in an orchestra

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:49:47 +0000

I recently attended a very enjoyable concert by a fine local student orchestra. When you think of many musical, technical and social skills one must acquire to play in orchestra, it seems implausible that it is actually possible that such a intricate and uncertain enterprise could ever come off successfully. As I listened, it occurred […]

Béla Bartók- Greatest Composer _of_ the 20th C.

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:33:03 +0000

I find myself thinking of Bartók today. For me, he seemed to rise to the musical challenges of the early 20th C with more vision and creativity than anyone else. In his music, we find blood and mathematics, folks songs and atonal cells, head and heart, earth and dreams. Who is to say who the […]