UPCOMING CONCERT- BBC National Orchestra of Wales, March 2nd

UPCOMING CONCERT March 2nd, 2007 BBC National Orchestra of Wales Kenneth Woods, conductor Discovering Music Live 7:30 PM Broadcasting House, Llandaff Chopin- Piano Concerto No. 1 Piers Lane, piano Stephen Johnson, presenter London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career which has taken him to more than forty countries. Following the success of […]

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FAQs- string numbers

Dear Ken … I have a question I’m hoping you can answer. I’ve asked this question to several string players, who don’t have an answer. I realized I needed to ask a conductor! The question is: in contemporary music, why do string sections still follow the conventional 16.14.12.10.8 sizing? If, say, Violin I and Violin […]

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Joel Hoffman

I’ve added a new site to the list of composer’s links, that of Joel Hoffman. If you don’t know his music, or that of any of the composers listed, take some time to explore. There’s so much fantastic stuff being written right now. KW

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Senseless tragedy

Absolutely tragic news from Portland. The more hours go by since I found out, the less I can get my head around it. I worked intensively with Angela on one project, which I’ll write about when my head has cleared. She was supposed to outlive us all and end up as president- a real, real […]

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Heartbreaking rehearsal tricks of staggering genius

Real insights tend to be so simple and so blindingly obvious once they’re found…. Elgar Enigma Variations, Variation 2…. A nasty, highly chromatic little perpetual motion study. Hardest movement in the piece….. I’ve played it and conducted it many times, and covered it a few others…. Everyone (in my experience), including me, rehearses it the […]

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How to get a gig with Ken….

Like all conductors, I get lots of inquiries every year from soloists, agents and other conductors. I’ll only ever be able to engage the tiniest minority of them, although most people who send me stuff are extremely well-qualified. If we didn’t hire you, the most likely reason is that we couldn’t afford you, and the […]

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Take me Eddie, I’m yours

Back home after 3 weeks away and happily recovering from the hard work on Das Lied last week (what a piece!), I’ve been looking at my pile-o-scores and it’s hit me that I have a lot of Elgar to do all of the sudden. I’m conducting Enigma Variations, the First Symphony and playing the cello […]

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