Orchestral Music by Sawyers on Nimbus Records

"...a deeply impressive work, serious in tone throughout, and genuinely symphonic...superbly orchestrated...This is one of the finest new symphonies by a British composer I have heard in years" Robert Matthew-Walker, Classical Source

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Schönberg and Brahms on Somm Records

This disc documents the emerging mastery of two of music history’s most powerful and closely linked artistic personalities — Brahms and Schönberg, pairing the original chamber versions of the seminal works of their early maturity, which were primarily known through performances by much larger orchestral forces. Ken plays cello with Ensemble Epomeo and conducts the Orchestra of the Swan

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Auricolae Music and Storytelling new in June from Avie

The members of the acclaimed string trio Ensemble Epomeo transform into Auricolae, a fantastical band of minstrels presenting fairytales, folklore, and fables in a two-CD set of new music dramatized via the ageless art of storytelling. More than a dozen parables from around the world fuse traditional allegories with inventive mythical settings, pair timeless legends with new musical scores, and offer original stories whose inspiration stems from the beginning of time.

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Welcome to the website of Kenneth Woods. Ken is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo.

Ken’s selected spring and summer projects and performances:

  • May 5-9- Ken is Donald Macleod’s featured guest on Composer of the Week, as BBC Radio 3 turn their full attention to the music of Hans Gál for the first time, including broadcasts of many of Ken’s recorded performances of Gál’s symphonies, concerti and chamber music. Click here to listen
  • June 14- Ken returns to the prestigious Round Top Festival in Texas for a celebration of the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss and a performance of Beethoven’s Second Symphony.
  • June 24- Avie Records release “Auricolae: The Double Album” featuring Ken as both cellist and composer alongside violinist Diane Pascal and narrator, Artistic Director and violist, David Yang. 11 world-premiere recordings of new works.
  • June 30- Somm Records release a new CD including Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht with Ensemble Epomeo and Friends (with Ken playing cello) and Brahms’s D major Serenade, opus 11, in the original nonet version reconstructed by Alan Boustead. Ken conducts the Orchestra of the Swan
  • July 7- Nimbus records release a CD of the orchestral music of Philip Sawyers. Ken conducts the Orchestra of the Swan
  • June 22- Ken performs the Schubert Cello Quintet on the Harborough Concerts series with violinist David LePage and cellist Parry Karp.


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

Mahler at Vftp