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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 Winter/Spring 2017 Highlights

26 August- English Symphony Orchestra perform Ken's setting of Hans Christian Andersen's Ugly Duckling at the Worcester Festival.

1 October- English Symphony Orchestra season opening concert of Hereford Shirehall Sunday Series. Haydn- Symphony no. 60, Mozart Symphony no. 39 Milhaud- Violin Concerto after "Le Boeuf sur le Toit" with soloist Zoe Beyers

11 October English Symphony Orchestra launch new series at Great Malvern Priory with soloist Raphael Wallfisch

14 October- Recording new trumpet concerti by Philip Sawyers for Resonus Classics with Simon Desbruslais and English String Orchestra

21 October- Erie Chamber Orchestra. Fist concert in a complete cycle of the Schumann Symphonies

27 October-5 November- Autumn Tour, Ensemble Epomeo. 2 world premieres, works by Cras, Webern and Kurtag

21 November- English Symphony Orchestra give the official world premiere of Ken's new orchestration of the Brahms A Major Piano Quartet in Cheltenham Town Hall, being recorded for commercial release in 2018. 

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

John Joubert- Jane Eyre: An opera in two acts

"Kenneth Woods conducted an on-fire English Symphony Orchestra, an array of soloists was headed by the totally committed April Fredrick and David Stout as Jane and Rochester, and the audience response to this gloriously lyrical, excitingly dramatic score was immense." Chris Morley- Birmingham Post

Gál and Mozart- Piano Concerti with Sarah Beth Briggs

"With crystal clear sound, this is the most enjoyable concerto disc I have heard since Krenek’s Piano Concertos (4/16) and Pritchard’s Wall of Water (5/15). Hang on, didn’t Woods conduct those, too…?” Guy Rickards- Gramophone Magazine Critic's Choice for 2016

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

Krenek Piano Concertos vol. 1 with Mikhail Korzhev

Best Recordings of 2016 Sunday Times
"Electric performances, all"