Review- Helix Ensemble, July 4, 2009

From Cigol Reviews- 

4th July 20097:30pmHelix Ensemble – Kenneth Woods  

All Saints with Holy Trinity Church, Loughborough, Leicester  

Roger Swann  

The highlight of this concert was a chance to hear only the second UK performance of Philip Sawyers Second Symphony. Introduced in some depth prior to the performance (during the concert) by the composer this piece is a significant splash of colour held together by genuine symphonic development of the basic material. Technical challenges for most sections of the orchestra were overcome with the help of Ken Woods clear conducting so that the quality of the work was given a genuine chance to come across.  

The concert ended with Haydn’s humourous Symphony No 60 ‘Il Distratto’ in which Kenneth Woods worked hard (and effectively) to bring out the many contrasts within the piece.  

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

Learn about Kenneth at www.kennethwoods.net

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