Welcome to the website of conductor, cellist, author, composer and guitarist, Kenneth Woods

New on Ken's Blog - A View from the Podium

Ken's Latest Recordings

Visions of Childhood, Four Last Songs. ESO/April Fredrick

“an astonishingly good CD with stunning orchestral arrangements by ESO’s principal conductor, Kenneth Woods” ArtsMuse, London

Matthew Taylor – Symphonies 4 and 5//BBC National Orchestra of Wales

"The music’s cause is helped greatly by the expert performances that are turned in by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the English Symphony Orchestra. Kenneth Woods is clearly committed to Taylor’s music, as is evident from the strength of conviction in the performances and the attention to detail which allows the nuances of the scoring to come through." John Quinn - Musical Opinion

Philip Sawyers – Symphony No. 4, Hommage to Kandinsky// BBC National Orchestra of Wales

“Hommage to Kandinsky may well be Sawyers’ masterpiece. Emboldened by enlarged orchestral forces, it carries itself with a glowing elemental force worked out in vivid writing as bracing as it is baleful, as powerful as it is poetic. Woods’ corralling of the superbly engineered, firing-on-all-cylinders BBC National Orchestra of Wales – playing with telling sweep and detail – serves Sawyers’ music throughout with illuminating, note-perfect brilliance. Five Stars” Michael Quinn, Limelight Magazine

Christopher Gunning – Symphonies No.’s 2, 10 and 12//BBC National Orchestra of Wales

“…as meticulously wrought as they are powerfully conceived….The BBC National Orchestra of Wales leave nothing to be desired, Kenneth Woods taking time out from his estimable 21st Century Symphony Project – which has already produced major compositions by Philip Sawyers (10/17), David Matthews (7/19) and Matthew Taylor – to deliver readings of audible conviction and insight. Cordially recommended.” Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone

David Matthews – Symphony No. 9,Variations on a Theme of Bach, Double Concerto// English Symphony Orchestra

This is a lovely symphony, an altogether personal utterance by a composer who lives and breathes symphonic form, who writes out of love for each and every instrument of the orchestra. Kenneth Woods conducts the sweet serenity that is the English Symphony Orchestra. This is music to hold close and to savour at leisure.” —Norman Lebrecht, Lebrecht Listens, Ludwig Van

Gál & Shostakovich – Piano Trios//Briggs Piano Trio

Editor’s Choice, Gramophone Magazine. Best Recordings of 2018, Gramophone Magazine “This is a powerful and measured interpretation of arguably the greatest piano trio of modern times…. Recommended with all possible enthusiasm.” Guy Rickards – Gramophone Magazine

Philip Sawyers – Violin Concerto, Trumpet Concerto, Valley of Vision//Alexander Sitkovetsky, Simon Desbruslais, ESO

“Sawyers’ thrilling orchestral music truly captivates, aided and abetted by pitch-perfect soloists Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and Simon Desbruslais (trumpet) and the ESO.” BBC Music Magazine

Brahms- Piano Quartet no. 2 in A major orchestrated and conducted by Kenneth Woods

“Hopefully this new addition to the Brahms symphonic canon will get the widespread dissemination it certainly deserves… Kenneth Woods has grasped this nettle and produced an absolutely imaginative arrangement.” Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine

Philip Sawyers- Symphony no. 3, Songs of Loss and Regret, Fanfare//English Symphony Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine Critics' Choice "Best Recordings of 2017"
“Terrific music like this renews my faith in the symphony as a genre… a feeling of reconciliation worthy of the Mahler 10th.” Don O’Connor – American Record Guide