Welcome to the website of Kenneth Woods

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

January 15- Ensemble Epomeo with pianist Daniel de Borah in a programme of works by Beethoven, Krasa and Brahms at London's Kings Place

January 30-31- Recording new violin concertos by Ron Fokkens, David Matthews, Emily Doolittle and Paul Patterson with Harriet Mackenzie, Retorica Duo and English Symphony Orchestra for Nimbus Alliance Records

February 17- Gala Launch of new English Symphony Orchestra residency at Huntingdon Hall as part of new partnership with Worcester Live

February 19- English Symphony Orchestra Shirehall Sunday concert with Academia Musica, music of Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi

February 26- Recording at Wyastone Concert Hall of new orchestral works by Philip Sawyers with English Symphony Orchestra for Nimbus Alliance Records

February 28- Launch of 21st Century Symphony Project at St John's Smith Square with English Symphony Orchestra, Clare Hammond and April Fredrick. World premiere of Sawyers Third Symphony and Fanfare, London premiere of Sawyers "Songs of Loss and Regret"

March 3- Release of John Joubert's Jane Eyre: An opera in two acts on Somm Recordings.

April 7-8 ESO celebrate the Enduring English Eccentric with Worcester Rep in a programme including Walton's Facade.

April 21- ESO debut at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with Wall of Water, featuring works by Thea Musgrave, Deborah Pritchard, Emily Doolittle and Kaija Saariaho. 

May 9- KOCIANOVA ÚSTÍ  Festival, Czech Republic, music of Brahms and Beethoven

May 12-22- Artistic Director/Conductor Colorado MahlerFest

  • Chamber music concert with Ensemble Epomeo, music of Kurtag, Mahler, Schnittke and Schubert

  • 2nd annual Mahler Conducting Fellowship

  • David Matthews- composer in association

  • US premiere of Matthews/Elgar String Quartet arranged for String Orchestra

  • First MahlerFest performance of Cooke Performing Version of Mahler's Symphony no. 10

  • Symposium and films



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"