Welcome to the website of Kenneth Woods

Welcome to the website of Kenneth Woods

Conductor, cellist, composer, author and guitarist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of Ensemble Epomeo. A frequent broadcaster, his blog, A View from the Podium, is one of most popular classical blogs in the world today.

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Ken's Autumn 2016 Highlights

September 5-7, Wyastone Concert Hall. Recordings with English Symphony Orchestra for Toccata Classics. Krenek Piano Concertos, vol. 2

September 24, Electric Theatre, Guildford. Soloist and conductor for Shostakovich Cello Concerto no. 1 with Surrey Mozart Players

September 25, Shirehall, Hereford. Season-opening Mozart Gala with English Symphony Orchestra and Clare Hammond

October 25, Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, Birmingham. John Joubert's Jane Eyre, An Opera in Two Acts. World premiere concert performance and recording for Somm Records with English Symphony Orchestra

October 29, University of Hull. Recordings for Signum Records with English String Orchestra, Simon Desbruslais and Clare Hammond.

November 16, National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic. Music of Brahms and Gliere. 

December 11, Kings Place, London. English Symphony Orchestra perform Mozart, Haydn and a new Clarinet Concerto, Lost Lanes, Shadow Groves, by James Francis Brown, with Emma Johnson

Ken's Recent Recordings as Conductor and Cellist

Elgar arr. Fraser- Piano Quintet and Sea Pictures, Kenneth Woods, English Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra

“…gorgeous depths of tone…a worthy addition to the Elgar canon” Classical Music Magazine

Kenneth Woods and English Symphony Orchestra- Krenek Piano Concerti, vol. 1

“A witty and mercurial masterpiece. Electric performances, all.” The Sunday Times

Gál and Mozart- Piano Concerti with Sarah Beth Briggs

Kenneth Woods conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the world-premiere recording of Gál's beautiful and virtuosic Piano Concerto. Coming May 6 from Avie Records

Kenneth Woods and English String Orchestra- Deborah Pritchard “Wall of Water”

"Every now and then, a new work comes along that simply takes one's breath away... a wonderful performance of a wonderful concerto Very, very strongly recommended." Gramophone Magazine

Hans Gál- The Four Symphonies

“The Orchestra of the Swan provide a quietly compelling account, relishing the many solos, duos and textural intricacies that Gál wrings from his orchestra.” – Gramophone, Editor’s Choice

“Beautifully played…transcendent…this orchestra seems to breathe together.” – BBC Music Magazine

Ensemble Epomeo- Schnittke, Penderecki, Kurtàg and Weinberg String Trios

"For its second disc – generously filled, and rewardingly programmed – string trio Ensemble Epomeo focuses on music composed in Eastern Europe and Russia in the late 20th century, playing with a remarkable intensity and elegant assurance throughout." The Strad