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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 […]


Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:25:37 +0000

Wonderful new FIVE STAR review in The Times for An Eventful Morning in East London: 21st C. Violin Concertos with Harriet Mackenzie; Get your copy:…/an-eventful-morning-in-east-london-21st…/ “Mackenzie’s playing is rivetingly incisive throughout, and Kenneth Woods, conductor obtains exemplary accompaniments from the English String Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra.” Classical review: Harriet Mackenzie: An Eventful Morning in East […]

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."