Upcoming Concerts

January 30-31, 2017
English Symphony Orchestra/English String Orchestra
Wyastone Concert Hall
Recording new violin concertos by Ron Fokkens, David Matthews, Emily Doolittle and Paul Patterson with Harriet Mackenzie, Retorica Duo for Nimbus Alliance Records

 

February 17, 2017
English Symphony Orchestra
Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
April Fredrick- Soprano
Brahms Hungarian Dance no. 1
Brahms- Hungarian Dance no. 3
Johann Strauss Jr. – Mein Herr Marquis from Die Fledermaus 
Rossini- Una voce poco fa
Johann Strauss Jr- Titsch Tratsch Polka
Brahms- Hungarian Dance no. 5
Dvorak- Slavonic Dance opus 72 no. 2
Dvorak- Slavonic Dance opus 72 no. 7
Dvorak- “Song to the Moon” from Russalka
Gounod- Jewel Song from Faust
Sibelius- Valse Triste
Johann Strauss Jr- “Saffi’s” Song from The Gypsy Baron
Johann Strauss Jr.- Emperor Waltzes

 

February 19, 2017
Hereford Shirehall
English Symphony Orchestra
Academia Musica Choir
Vivaldi- Gloria RV589
Telemann-Ouverture-Suite, ‘”Burlesque de Quixotte”
Bach- Cantata no. 140 “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”
Lucy Bowen- soprano
Caitline Prowle- soprano
Emma Curtis- contralto
Jon Weller- tenor
Andrew Mayor- baritone

 

February 26, 2017
Wyastone Concert Hall
English Symphony Orchestra
Recordings for Nimbus Records
Philip Sawyers- Fanfare for Brass
Philip Sawyers- Symphony no. 3

 

February 28, 2017
St John’s Smith Square, London
English Symphony Orchestra
Sawyers- Fanfare (world premiere)
Sawyers- Songs of Loss and Regret (London premiere)
April Fredrick- soprano
Mozart- Piano Concerto in D minor
Clare Hammond- piano
Sawyers- Symphony no. 3 (world premiere)

 

March 25, 2017
Electric Theatre, Guildford
Surrey Mozart Players
Stravinsky- Pulcinella Suite
Weber- Bassoon Concerto
Elgar- Romance for Bassoon
Jarek Augustyniak- bassoon
Mozart- Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Sibelius- Symphony no. 5

 

April 7-8, 2017
Swan Theatre, Worcester
English Symphony Orchestra
Worcester Rep Players
Academy Theatre Arts Dance Troupe
William Walton- Facade, An Entertainment
Various- The Music Hall Shakespeare
Coward- The Stately Homes of England
Gunning- The Belgian Detective
Coward- Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Ben Humphrey and Victoria Lucie- speakers and singers

 

April 21, 2017
The Bridgewater Hall
English String Orchestra
Thea Musgrave- Green
Deborah Pritchard- Violin Concerto “Wall of Water”
Emily Doolittle- “falling still” for Violin and Strings
Kaija Saariaho- Terra Memoria

 

April 29, 2017
New Theatre Royal 
English String Orchestra
Grieg- Holberg Suite
Elgar- String Serenade
Elgar- Salut d’Amor (version for solo violin and strings by Monica Buckland)
Tijmen Huisingh- violin
Tchaikovsky- Andante cantabile (version for solo cello and strings by the composer)
Tchaikovsky- Serenade for Strings

 

May 9, 2017
KOCIANOVA ÚSTÍ  Festival, Czech Republic
South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Brahms- Double Concerto
Pavel Sporcl- violin, Jirji Barta- cello
Beethoven- Symphony no. 7

 

May 12-22, 2017
Artistic Director/Conductor Colorado MahlerFest

May 17, 2017
MahlerFest Chamber Music Concert
Dairy Centre for the Performing Arts, Boulder
Kurtág- Signs, Games and Messages
Mahler and Mahler/Schnittke- Piano Quartet (based on the fragment)
David Matthews- Romanza
Schubert- String Quintet in C major
James Stern and Karen Bently-Pollick- violins
David Yang- viola
Kenneth Woods and Parry Karp- cellos
Jennifer Hayghe- piano

May 20-21
Macky Auditorium
MahlerFest Orchestra
Elgar/D. Matthews- String Quartet (version for string orcehstra) US premiere
Mahler/D. Cooke, Berthold Goldschmidt, D. Matthews, C. Matthews- Symphony no. 10

 

May 27, 2017
Hereford Shirehall
English String Orchestra
Recordings for Avie Records
Hans Gál- Concertino for Cello and Strings
Matthew Sharp- cello

 

May 28, 2017
Hereford Shirehall
English String Orchestra
Grieg- Holberg Suite
Hans Gál- Concertino for Cello and Strings
Matthew Sharp- cello
Tchaikovsky- Serenade for Strings

 

June 24, 2017
Electric Theatre, Guildford
Surrey Mozart Players
Brahms- Tragic Overture
Sawyers- Violin Concerto
Beethoven- Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Alexander Sitkovetsky- violin
Beethoven- Symphony no.5

21 July, 2017
Andrew Road Music Room
Andrew Road Ensemble
Mozart- Viola Quintet in G minor
Gal- Viola Quintet

 

22 July, 2017
Christ Church, Rode
Andrew Road Ensemble
Mozart- Viola Quintet in G minor
Gal- Viola Quintet

 

26 August, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
English Symphony Orchestra
Part of the Worcester Festival 
John Williams- Harry Potter Theme
Prokofiev- Peter and the Wolf
Kenneth Woods- Ugly Duckling
Kile Smith- Bremen Town Musicians
Randy Newman/Sobieska- You’ve got a Friend in Me
— Ben Humphrey- narrator/singer
Free “Try-an-Instrument” session at 2:00 PM

 

27 August Malvern Showgrounds
Summer Prom Morgan Cars
English Symphony Orchestra
Sofia Larsson- soprano
Peter Aisher- tenor
Bernstein- Candide Overtire
Gershwin- Summertime
Rogers- Suite from The Sound of Music
Capua- O sole mio
Barry- Theme from James Bond
Williams- Star Wars
Glinka- Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
Tchaikovsky- Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin
Mercury- Barcelona
Tchaikovsky- Overture 1812
Elgar- Pomp and Circumstance Overture no. 2 (Land of Hope and Glory)
Parry/Elgar- Jerusalem

16 September, 2017 and 7:30 PM
Surrey Mozart Players
Electric Theatre, Guildford
Mozart- Overture to Don Giovanni
Walton- Viola Concerto
Luba Tunnicliffe- viola
Brahms- Symphony no. 2 in D major

Oct 1 at 3:30 PM –
Hereford Shirehall Sunday
English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods- Artistic Director
Zoë Beyers- violin
Haydn- Symphony no. 60 in C major “Il Distratto” (The Distracted Gentleman)
Milhaud- Le boeuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof) for Violin and Orchestra
— Zoë Beyers- violin
Piazzolla- Three Tangos
Mozart- Symphony no.39 in E-Flat Major

 

11 October at 7:30 PM-
Malvern Priory
(Pre-concert talk at 6:45)
English Symphony Orchestra
Haydn- Symphony no. 45 in F-sharp minor “Farewell”
–Raphael Wallfisch- cello
Mozart- Symphony no. 41 in C major “Jupiter”

14 October, 2014
English Symphony Orchestra
Recordings for Resonus Classics

 

15 October at 3:30 PM-
Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
English String Orchestra
Walton- Two pieces from Henry V
Elgar/Fraser- Salut d’Amour
Sawyers- Concerto for Trumpet, Timpani and Strings (world premiere)
–Simon Desbruslais- trumpet
Elgar- Serenade for Strings
Tippett- Little Music for Strings

 

22 October, 2017
Erie Chamber Orchestra
Schumann- Symphony no. 1 in B-flat “Spring”
Schumann- Symphony no. 4 in D minor

 

26 October-6 November 2017
Ensemble Epomeo
Autumn Tour

21 November at 7:30 PM-
Cheltenham Town Hall
(Pre-concert talk at 6:30)
English Symphony Orchestra
Elgar- Violin Concerto
— Alexander Sitkovetsky- violin
Brahms arr. Woods- Piano Quartet in A major (world premiere)

2 December, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Surrey Mozart Players
St Teresa’s School, Effingham
Rossini- Overture to The Thieving Magpie
Beethoven- Violin Concerto
Chloe Hanslip- violin
Beethoven- Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

4 February 2018
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Family Concert including Kenneth Woods’s The Ugly Duckling (Canadian Premiere)
Bradley Thachuk- conductor
Kenneth Woods- narrator

 

10 February 2018 at 7:30 PM-
Huntingdon Hall, Worcester  
English Symphony Orchestra
Strauss arr. Schoenberg- Emperor Waltz
Humperdick- Der kleine Sandmann from Hansel and Gretel
Schubert- Die forelle
Mahler- Das irdische Leben
Schubert- Tod und das Mädchen
Mahler arr. Stein- Symphony no. 4 in G major (chamber version)
April Fredrick- soprano (ESO Artist-in-Affiliation)

 

15 February, 2018 at 7:30 PM-
Malvern Theatres
English Symphony Orchestra
(Pre-concert talk at6:45)
Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture
Brahms- Violin Concerto
–Chloe Hanslip violin
Schumann- Symphony no. 3 in E flat (Rhenish)

 

25 February, 2018 at 3:30 PM-
Hereford Shirehall Sunday Series
English Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture
Sawyers- Violin Concerto (world premiere)
–Alexander Sitkovetsky- violin
Schumann- Symphony no. 2 in C major

 

4 March, 2018 at 7:30 PM-
LSO St Luke’s, London
“The Hour of Love and Death”
English String Orchestra
Kenneth Woods- Artistic Director
April Fredrick- soprano
Matthw Sharp- bass-baritone
Saariaho- Terra Memoria
Shostakovich- Symphony no. 14 (staged)
— Matthew Sharp- baritone and April Fredrick-soprano (ESO Artists-in-Association)
Shostakovich- Chamber Symphony opus 110 a (selections)

 

17 March, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Malvern Priory
English Symphony Orchestra
(Pre-concert talk at 6:45)
Sawyers- The Valley of Vision (world premiere)
Haydn- Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War)
–Academia Musica Choir
Beethoven- Symphony no. 3 “Eroica”

24 March, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Surrey Mozart Players
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford
Haydn- The Creation
Part of the Guildford Spring Music Festival
Guildford Chamber Choir

4 April, 2018
English String Orchestra
Abbey Road Studios
Recordings for Avie Records

 

18 April,  2018 at 7:30 PM
St John’s Smith Square, London
St John’s Smith Square Americana ’18 Festival
English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods- Artistic Director
Ives- Symphony no. 3 The Camp Meeting
Copland- Clarinet Concerto
— Emma Johnson- clarinet
New joint commission with SJSS of a work by Jesse Jones
Piston- Sinfonietta

 

4 May, 2018 at 7:30 PM-
Swan Theatre, Worcester
English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods- Artistic Director
Stravinsky- The Soldier’s Tale (staged with actors from Worcester Repertory Theatre)
Copland- Appalachian Spring, original version for 13 Instruments (complete ballet with dancers from Academy Theatre Arts)

 

6 May, 2018 at 3:30
Hereford Shirehall Sunday Series
English Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Mass in C Major
— Academia Musica Choir
Beethoven- Leonore Overture no. 3
— Kenneth Woods- conductor
Weber- Overture to Die Freischutz
Michael Young- conductor
— Herefordshire Youth Orchestra
–Academia Musica Orchestra and Choir
A joint production of ESO, Hereford Sixth Form College and Hereford Music Service

 

9 May, 2018 at 7:30 PM-
St Georges, Bristol
English Symphony Orchestra
(Pre-concert talk at 6:45)
Elgar arr. Fraser- Piano Quintet
David Matthews- Symphony no. 9 (world premiere- part of the 21st Century Symphony Project)
Elgar- Cello Concerto
Sheku Kaneh-Mason- cello

10-21 May, 2018
Colorado MahlerFest
Boulder Colorado
Kenneth Woods- Artistic Director
Sibelius- Symphony no. 7
Mahler- Das Lied von der Erde

21 June, 2018 at 7:30 PM-
Cheltenham Town Hall
English Symphony Orchestra
(Pre-concert talk at 6:30)
Weber- Oberon Overture
Saint-Saens- Cello Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky- Pezzo capriccioso
— Maja Bogdanovic- cello
Schumann Symphony no. 1 “Spring”