FIVE STARS FOR AN EVENTFUL MORNING IN LONDON FROM THE TIMES

Wonderful new FIVE STAR review in The Times for An Eventful Morning in East London: 21st C. Violin Concertos with Harriet Mackenzie; Get your copy: https://eso.co.uk/…/an-eventful-morning-in-east-london-21st…/ “Mackenzie’s playing is rivetingly incisive throughout, and Kenneth Woods, conductor obtains exemplary accompaniments from the English String Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra.” Classical review: Harriet Mackenzie: An Eventful Morning in East […]

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ESO 2016-7 in review. The good

This past Sunday afternoon, I conducted the ESO in a performance of Tchaikovksy’s String Serenade which marked the end of our main 2016-7 season. Between now and our return from the summer holidays, my colleagues are doing some fascinating chamber music concerts, the Bach B minor Mass with the wonderful Sarah MacDonald guest conducting, and […]

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Handy Plugin Makes New Music Popular and Profitable

A new plugin for Sibelius and Finale music engraving software is taking the music world by storm. The new “Titleizer” plugin from Demisoft Technology systematically analyses a piece’s duration, instrumentation and pitch content and automatically generates a meaningless and unrelated title for the piece. “Since Haydn’s time, we’ve all known that music sells better when […]

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Explore the Score: Hans Gal (1890-1987)- Concertino for Cello and Strings, opus 87

Hans Gal (1890-1987) Concertino for Cello and Strings, opus 87   Hans Gál was born in the small village of Brunn am Gebirge, just outside Vienna. He studied with some of the foremost teachers in Vienna, including Richard Robert for piano (teacher of Rudolf Serkin , Clara Haskil and George Szell) and Eusebius Mandyczewski for composition, who had been […]

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Concert Review, The Guardian – Pritchard’s vibrant violin concerto captures sound of the sea    

ESO/Woods review – Pritchard’s vibrant violin concerto captures sound of the sea Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Kenneth Woods led the English String Orchestra through a strong programme of new work that included Deborah Pritchard’s concerto inspired by Maggi ‘s Hambling’s art Maggi Hambling is the most musical of painters. Her giant Scallop sculpture on Aldeburgh beach is inscribed […]

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Haunted by my visit to Thornfield

Where does an opera really take place? Why, on the stage, I hear you say. Of course, that’s true, but not quite the truth. Der Rosenkavalier and The Magic Flute might take place on the same stage in the same week, but they clearly don’t take place in the same place. Of course, in the […]

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John Joubert’s Jane Eyre- A conductor’s perspective

John Joubert’s musical language is original yet familiar, subtle yet direct. Firmly rooted in tonality, his harmonic vocabulary is highly sophisticated and personal, and he seems to have a particular knack for energising traditional harmonies through clashes, bi-tonality and harmonic extension. Joubert’s Jane Eyre is the work of a melodist of the highest order who […]

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Leading Orchestra to “Push the Boat In” for 50th Anniversary Season

The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra have announced plans for their 50th Anniversary Season, with a celebratory focus on familiarity, conservatism, convenience and conformity. MSO You’ve heard it all here before “When we started thinking about how best to celebrate this special anniversary, our music director Cauze Perdue originally suggested we “push the boat out” with a season […]

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The English Symphony Orchestra’s 21st C. Symphony Project: Nine symphonies, nine composers, one orchestra.

From the latest issue of Musical Opinion Magazine. My manifesto explaining the thinking behind the 21st C. Symphony Project. Subscribe to the magazine here.    On 28 February, 2017, the English Symphony Orchestra will premiere the Third Symphony by Philip Sawyers, the first work in a cycle of nine new symphonies to be commissioned by […]

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Concert Review- Classical Source on ESO at Kings Place

I cannot recall the last concert I attended that included a Symphony by Haydn and one by Mozart, and also embracing an impressive recent English work. Kenneth Woods, the English Symphony Orchestra’s Artistic Director, has already revived what was a fairly moribund organisation and turned it into something vibrant and ambitious. At Kings Place, Woods included a […]

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