Ken's Winter and Spring 2019 Highlights
26 and 27 January - Ken conducts an exciting all-Dvořák programme (8th Symphony, Violin Concerto and Slavonic Dances opus 72) with the English Symphony Orchestra and soloist Pavel Šporcl
31 January - Ken conducts the North Czech Philharmonic in a festive concert featuring works by Dvořák and Reicha in Prague Castle
16 February - Ken conducts Act One of Wagner's Die Walküre in the Swan Theatre, Worcester, with Stacey Rishoi as Sieglinde, Brennen Guillory as Siegmund and Matthew Sharp as Hunding
3 March - The English String Orchestra give the first performance of Ken's new orchestration of Tchaikovsky's Third String Quartet. The programme also includes Kapralova's Partia for Piano and Mozart's Piano Concerto in C major with Noriko Ogawa
9 March - Ken conducts the English String Orchestra in Dvořák's String Serenade and the Concerto for String Orchestra by Bacewicz in Malvern Priory
2 April - Ken makes his long awaited return to the Orchestra of the Swan in a concert including the Adagio from Mahler's 10th Symphony, David Matthews' Viola Concerto "Winter Remembered" and Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
3 April - Ken conducts the English Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn's 4th Symphony and the Schumann Violin Concerto with Zoë Beyers. Author and critic, Jessica Duchen, will be on hand to discuss her acclaimed novel, Ghost Variations, which tells the remarkable story of how Schumann's long-lost last masterpiece came to light.
4-6 April - Ken records three new symphonies by Christopher Gunning for Signum Records with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
28 April - Ken conducts the English String Orchestra at King's Place, London as part of the Venus Unwrapped series.
11-19 May - Ken returns to Colorado MahlerFest. MahlerFest embarks on its historic fourth complete cycle of Mahler symphonies with his visionary First Symphony. Highlights to include an exploration of Beethoven's influence on Mahler, the Korngold Violin Concerto and the US professional premiere of Woods' acclaimed orchestration of Viktor Ullmann's 3rd String Quartet.
19 May - Nimbus Records release Ken's recording of David Matthews's Ninth Symphony, Variations for Strings and Double Concerto with the English Symphony Orchestra and English String Orchestra
25 May - Another exciting concert with the Orchestra of the Swan including the world premiere of David Matthews' new song cycle, Le Lac, with soprano April Fredrick. Ken also conducts the chamber version of Mahler's Fourth Symphony by Klaus Simon and his own mashup "Death and the Maiden: Variations and Lied" by Franz Schubert.
30 May- 2 June - Ken returns as Artistic Director of the Elgar Festival in Worcester. The inaugural festival was a Critic's Pick in The Times and The Guardian. This year's festival includes a celebration of the centenary of Elgar's iconic Cello Concerto with Raphael Wallfisch and a string orchestra concert that culminates in a performance of Donald Fraser's acclaimed arrangement of Elgar's Sea Pictures for Choir and Strings
9 June - Ken and the English Symphony Orchestra take the stage at Cadogan Hall, London, for the third concert in their celebrated 21st C. Symphony Project. The concert features two 5th symphonies, the world premiere of the Fifth Symphony of Matthew Taylor, and the most famous 5th of them all, Beethoven's.