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.

Here are the highlights of Ken’s early Autumn season:

  • On September 13th, the English String Orchestra start their season with a programme including serenades by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky and the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony opus 110a- the powerful orchestration of his 8th String Quartet by Rudolf Barshai. Ken and the ESO will be recording all of the Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies for Avie Records in 2015
  • On October 3rd, Ken and the ESO Winds perform Hans Gál’s rarely-heard Divertimento for Winds and the wonderful Dvorak Wind Serenade
  • On October 8th, Ken and the ESO launch their new residency at the Elgar Concert Hall at the University of Birmingham
  • On October 14th, Avie Records will release a new CD from Ensemble Epomeo including the string trios of Penderecki, Kurtag, Schnittke and Weinberg.
  • On 18 October, Ken and the ESO perform “Wall of Water,” an innovative evening of music including the world premiere of Deborah Pritchard’s new Violin Concerto of the same name, based on paintings by Maggi Hambling. The programme, at LSO St Luke’s in London, also includes music by Thea Musgrave, Kaija Saariaho and Emily Doolittle
  • On 19 October, Signum Records release “Psalm” a collection of new trumpet concerti by Saxton, McCabe and Pritchard with soloist Simon Desbruslais accompanied by Ken and the Orchestra of the Swan. Signum are hosting a launch party at the Royal Academy of Music


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

Mahler at Vftp