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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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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

"...it 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 […]



Vive la frivolité

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:25:07 +0000

Poulenc’s frothy, frivolous and rather sexy ballet Les biches does not seem, at first glance, to be the sort of piece to make a hardened muso well up with emotion, but it had just that effect on me about a week ago as I listened to it for the first time in ages. “Les biches” […]



Kenneth Woods and English Symphony Orchestra Earn Classical Music Magazine “Premiere of the Year” for Second Year in a Row with John Joubert’s Jane Eyre

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:42:47 +0000

For the second year in a row, the English Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director Kenneth Woods have received the Classical Music Magazine Premiere of the Year nod for the Midlands. Following on the 2015 selection of the premiere of Donald Fraser’s orchestration of the Elgar Piano Quintet at the Elgar Hall in the final concert […]



Hans Gal Piano Concerto a 2016 Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:31:59 +0000

We’re all very, very pleased and proud to see Sarah Beth Briggs’ wonderful AVIE Records recording of piano concerti by Mozart and Hans Gál get a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice of 2016 from Guy Rickards in the year-end issue of the magazine. Bravos to Sarah and my wonderful colleagues in the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Congrats […]



Orchestral colleagues share trumpet player’s joy at purchase of new, louder trumpet

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:23:04 +0000

Members of the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra reacted with public expressions of glee upon learning that their colleague, principal trumpet player Jack Hammer, had taken delivery of a new, louder trumpet. “I’m just so happy for Jack,” said Mabel Teargarden, a violist in the MSO. “I sit right in front of Jack at the back of […]



On funding

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:27:37 +0000

The relationship between artists and arts funders seems ever more complicated. It seems to me that most funders (trusts, public sector funders, private sponsors) lack the energy, time or knowledge to vet funding applications in the arts on the basis of merit or quality. The problem is compounded in music as few people making decisions […]



Explore the score- Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:30:17 +0000

For me, it was musical love at first sight. The first time I heard the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto was on a cassette tape.  I loved it so much, I kept rewinding and replaying bits of the first movement (most often the big tutti at the end of the exposition- even then I had conductor tendencies). […]



Kenneth Woods, conductor: Highlights of the 2015-6 Season

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:52:08 +0000

  MahlerFest Debut In May, Ken made his debut as the new Artistic Director of    Colorado MahlerFest , one of only two organisations in the USA (the other being the New York Philharmonic) to be awarded the Gold Medal of the International Gustav Mahler Society. For his inaugural concerts, Ken conducted Mahler’s notoriously challenging […]