Schoenberg and Brahms on Somm

"Expert, deeply committed live performances" BBC Music Magazine

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Auricolae- Music and Storytelling on Avie

“The music is incidental, illustrative, with lots of opportunities for dissonant, clashing sounds, all intended for performance in schools with no previous exposure to classical music. It’s a matter of appealing narratives, cleverly wrapped in contemporary sounds. Or should that be the other way around?” The Irish Times

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Philip Sawyers- Cello Concerto, Symphony no. 2 and Concertante

A 2014 MusicWeb International Record of the Year

"Sawyers is a composer of real quality which is so pleasing when there is so much mediocrity around. His music is always fascinating in its breadth of ideas as well as its execution as this disc so amply demonstrates. "

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Welcome to the website of Kenneth Woods. Ken is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest, and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo.

Ken’s Winter 2016 Highlights-

  • January 13-14: Ken records Hans Gal’s Piano Concerto with Royal Northern Sinfonia and soloist Sarah Beth Briggs
  • February 7: Ken and the English Symphony Orchestra present the UK premiere of Emily Doolittle’s Green/Blue
  • February 28: Ensemble Epomeo appear at the prestigious Market Square Concerts series with guest pianist George Lopez
  • March 7: Toccata Classics release Krenek’s Piano Concertos 1-3 with Ken and the ESO accompanying soloist Mikhail Korzhev


Ken’s blog,  A View From The Podium (one of the 25 most influential music blogs in the world)

Mahler at Vftp