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Preview: Kenneth Woods- A View From the Podium

Kenneth Woods- conductor

cellist, chamber musician, guitarist, composer and author

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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 […]

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 […]

ESO 2016-7 in review. The good

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:49:25 +0000

This past Sunday afternoon, I conducted the ESO in a performance of Tchaikovksy’s String Serenade which marked the end of our main 2016-7 season. Between now and our return from the summer holidays, my colleagues are doing some fascinating chamber music concerts, the Bach B minor Mass with the wonderful Sarah MacDonald guest conducting, and […]

Handy Plugin Makes New Music Popular and Profitable

Wed, 31 May 2017 18:59:05 +0000

A new plugin for Sibelius and Finale music engraving software is taking the music world by storm. The new “Titleizer” plugin from Demisoft Technology systematically analyses a piece’s duration, instrumentation and pitch content and automatically generates a meaningless and unrelated title for the piece. “Since Haydn’s time, we’ve all known that music sells better when […]

Explore the Score: Hans Gal (1890-1987)- Concertino for Cello and Strings, opus 87

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:31:21 +0000

Hans Gal (1890-1987) Concertino for Cello and Strings, opus 87   Hans Gál was born in the small village of Brunn am Gebirge, just outside Vienna. He studied with some of the foremost teachers in Vienna, including Richard Robert for piano (teacher of Rudolf Serkin , Clara Haskil and George Szell) and Eusebius Mandyczewski for composition, who had been […]

Unfinished/Unheard- The ideas and themes behind the programming of MF XXX

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:19:40 +0000

Unfinished/Unheard — By Kenneth Wooods In the 100+ years since his death, Mahler’s 10th Symphony has become possibly the most famous, perhaps even infamous, unfinished work of art in Western civilisation. For over 50 years, it was a work shrouded in rumor and myth, as famous for Mahler’s various written outbursts in the manuscript as […]

Review: Kenneth Woods makes shattering impact at MahlerFest

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:53:57 +0000

" was an amazing feat of brilliance... which Woods took to ethereal heights."

No place to call home. An appreciation of Allan Holdsworth

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:45:11 +0000

  That Allan Holdsworth died this week in relative poverty and obscurity (at least considering his enormous artistic legacy) is a sad but completely predictable sign of the times.   I first encountered Holdsworth as an ambitious young guitar player. Even then, in what in retrospect was his heyday, he was the kind of musician […]

Haunted by my visit to Thornfield

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:42:49 +0000

Where does an opera really take place? Why, on the stage, I hear you say. Of course, that’s true, but not quite the truth. Der Rosenkavalier and The Magic Flute might take place on the same stage in the same week, but they clearly don’t take place in the same place. Of course, in the […]

John Joubert’s Jane Eyre- A conductor’s perspective

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:07:29 +0000

John Joubert’s musical language is original yet familiar, subtle yet direct. Firmly rooted in tonality, his harmonic vocabulary is highly sophisticated and personal, and he seems to have a particular knack for energising traditional harmonies through clashes, bi-tonality and harmonic extension. Joubert’s Jane Eyre is the work of a melodist of the highest order who […]

Leading Orchestra to “Push the Boat In” for 50th Anniversary Season

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:44:53 +0000

The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra have announced plans for their 50th Anniversary Season, with a celebratory focus on familiarity, conservatism, convenience and conformity. MSO You’ve heard it all here before “When we started thinking about how best to celebrate this special anniversary, our music director Cauze Perdue originally suggested we “push the boat out” with a season […]

The English Symphony Orchestra’s 21st C. Symphony Project: Nine symphonies, nine composers, one orchestra.

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:27:48 +0000

From the latest issue of Musical Opinion Magazine. My manifesto explaining the thinking behind the 21st C. Symphony Project. Subscribe to the magazine here.    On 28 February, 2017, the English Symphony Orchestra will premiere the Third Symphony by Philip Sawyers, the first work in a cycle of nine new symphonies to be commissioned by […]

KW and ESO’s Recording Krenek Piano Concerti vol. 1 with pianist Mikhail Korzhev a Sunday Times “Best of the Year” for 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:27:39 +0000

The Sunday Times has just announced their list of the “100 Best Records of the Year,” across all genres. We’re delighted to learn that our recording “Complete Piano Concertos of Ernst Krenek vol. 1” with pianist Mikhail Korzhev has made this year’s list as one of just 10 CDs in their “Contemporary” category. “Moving from […]