Busted by the BBC….

I was a little surprised, amused,and very slightly alarmed to see something from my Twitter feed reprinted in the current BBC Music Magazine (September issue- buy your copy today).  I do always try to remember that, unlikely as it seems, people do read these things. Thanks to  BBC Music Mag for frittering away a bit of your day reading my silliness. Much appreciated.

Funnily enough, when I typed that, I’d been practicing about 4 hours without a break, and was sweat-soaked, sore and with very raw fingers. I had every right at that moment to feel like a proper practice martyr.  Seeing it re-posted, I feel like a student back at IU being overheard griping about practicing by one of my teachers.  I feel like I’ve just been busted for slacking.  I can just hear some voice of authority saying “Zee Kennets, zees ist vhy you vill neffer be a really great cellist!”


Anyway, to my colleagues at BBC Music, I now answer: Yes, I know all too well there isn’t…. But there must be…..



Ken practicing till his arm goes blurry





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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.

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7 comments on “Busted by the BBC….”

  1. Erik K

    A hearty congratulations to the BBC for their ability to understand basic sarcasm. You can’t put anything past them.

    Unless their response was a text-based dryness, in which case I am the one who deserves the congratulations for understanding sarcasm.

    Thank you for destroying my communication skills, internet!

  2. Kenneth Woods

    Erik, you threaten to lead us all into a vortex of irony and paradox. I think they got that I was joking, so therefore I think that I get that they are joking, which means I think that you get that they get that I was joking and that you therefore get that they were joking, unless of course, they didn’t get that I was joking in which I case I didn’t get that they weren’t joking.

  3. Kenneth Woods

    @lisa Hirsch
    It was supposed to be more German than Hungarian, but Mr Starker always had a way of looking at even complete strangers as if they could have been practicing harder…..

  4. Sharon

    On a more positive note (no pun intended!) the fact that they spend time following your tweets suggests they have a keen interest – and their comment will most likely result in you having more followers! Furthermore, I can confirm from direct experience the many hours of practice you do 🙂

  5. Martin

    Don’t worry we believe you. If you didn’t practice you wouldn’t have time to write copious notes on how practice was going…oh hang on…

  6. David G

    I had read that Ken but assumed you had given permission to print. Just been to an amazing Tosca relayed from Met. It is good to see old warhorses reinvigorated with a new interpretation.

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