The matter was unresolved when Newman died in Shortly afterwards, Boosey announced that Chappell's would no longer support concerts at the Queen's Hall. The BBC regime brought immediate benefits. The use of the second half of concerts to promote Chappell's songs ceased, to be replaced by music chosen for its own excellence: on the first night under the BBC's control, the songs in the second half were by Schubert, Quilter and Parry rather than ballads from Chappell's.
He now had a daily rehearsal and extra rehearsals as needed. InWood played a celebrated practical joke on musicologists and critics. As Wood's working life took a turn for the better, his domestic life started to deteriorate. During the early s, he and his wife gradually became estranged, and their relationship ended in bitterness, with Muriel taking most of Wood's money and, for much of the time, IX.
The Catacombs - Sir Henry Wood - Orchestrations By Sir Henry Wood (CD) abroad. One of Wood's players recalled, "She changed him. He had been badly dressed, awful clothes. Jessie got him a new evening suit, instead of the mouldy green one, and he flourished yellow gloves and a cigar In his later years, Wood came to be identified with the Proms rather than with the year-round concert season.
Boult was appointed director of music at the BBC in In that capacity he strove to ensure that Wood was invited to conduct a fitting number of BBC symphony concerts outside the Prom season. InWood was in charge of his final Sheffield festival.
The concert was given on 5 October Rachmaninoff played the solo part in his Second Piano Concertoand Vaughan Williamsat Wood's request, composed a short choral work for the occasion: the Serenade to Music for orchestra and 16 soloists. In Septemberthe Second World War broke out and the BBC immediately put into effect its contingency plans to move much of its broadcasting away from London to places thought less susceptible to bombing.
Its musical activities, including the orchestra, moved to Bristol. Wood determined that the season would nevertheless go ahead. The Royal Philharmonic Society and a private entrepreneur, Keith Douglas, agreed to back an eight-week season, and the London Symphony Orchestra was engaged.
The season was curtailed after four weeks, when intense bombing forced the Queen's Hall to close. In Maythe hall was destroyed by bombs. It was immediately agreed that the season of Proms should be held at the Albert Hall.
It was twice the size of the Queen's Hall, with poor acoustics, but a six-week series was judged a success, and the Albert Hall remained the home of the Proms. Wood, aged seventy-two, was persuaded to have an associate conductor to relieve him of some of the burden. Basil Cameron undertook the task and remained a Prom conductor until his retirement, aged eighty, in Despite his age and the difficulties of wartime travel, Wood insisted on going to provincial cities to conduct — as much, according to Jacobs, to help the local orchestras survive as to gratify audiences.
The season began well with Wood in good form, but after three weeks raids by the devastating new German flying bombs caused the government to order the closure of places of entertainment. He was taken ill in early August and was unable to conduct the fiftieth anniversary Prom on 10 August; he was forbidden by his doctor even to listen to its broadcast.
Wood died just over a week later on 19 August at Hitchin Hospital in HitchinHertfordshire;  his funeral service was held in the town at St Mary's church and his ashes were interred in the Musicians' Chapel of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate. They made eight other records together for HMV over the next two years.
Wood was wooed from Columbia by the young Decca company in Wood's recordings did not remain in the catalogues long after his death. The Record Guide, lists none of his records. In addition to the knighthood bestowed inWood's state honours were his appointments as Companion of Honour into the Order of the Crown Belgium;and Officer of the Legion of Honour France; He received honorary doctorates from five English universities and was a fellow of both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music The Duchess of Gloucester.
Walton set it to music as an anthem for mixed choir; it received its first performance on 26 April at St Sepulchre's, on the occasion of a ceremony unveiling a memorial stained-glass window in Wood's honour. Wood is commemorated in the name of the Henry Wood Hallthe deconsecrated Holy Trinity Church in Southwarkwhich was converted to a rehearsal and recording venue in His orchestral players affectionately nicknamed him "Timber" — more than a play on his name, since it seemed to represent his reliability too.
Greatness as measured by finesse of execution may not be his, particularly in his limited legacy of recordings, but he remains one of the most remarkable musicians Britain has produced. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Henry Wood conductor. For other uses, see Henry Wood disambiguation.
English conductor. Tickets for formal symphony concerts at the time cost up to five times as much. The Times and The Manchester Guardian used the term from and respectively. Wood received the award four years before it was given to Delius and Elgar The next conductor to receive the medal was Sir Thomas Beecham Jacobs p.
The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians supports the latter statement, IX. The Catacombs - Sir Henry Wood - Orchestrations By Sir Henry Wood (CD).
Though his predecessor had called the supposed Klenovsky work "superlatively well done",  Howes described it, once Wood's authorship was known, as "monstrous and inexculpable". She did not return to England until after Wood's death. Henry J. Retrieved 14 November subscription required ; and Cox, p. Boult, Adrian My Own Trumpet. London: Hamish Hamilton. Cox, David The Henry Wood Proms.
London: BBC. Elkin, Robert Queen's Hall, — London: Rider. Jacobs, Arthur Wood: Maker of the Proms. London: Methuen. Kennedy, Michael Adrian Boult. He was equally precious on the organ, and at age 10 was often deputy organist of St Mary Aldermanbury.
At the age of 14, he played the organ at the 'Musicians' Church' St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, the largest parish church in the City of London, where his ashes now rest. He also gave organ recitals at the Fisheries Exhibition and at the Inventions Exhibition He also learned the violin, but it was not until he entered the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 16 that he received methodical tuition.
During his two years at the RAM he took classes in piano, organ, composition and singing. He won 4 medals. His ambition at the time was to become a teacher of singing and he gave singing lessons throughout his lifeand so he attended classes of as many singing teachers as he could, both as pupil and as accompanist.
In Henry Wood brought out some of his songs; them he composed light operas and cantatas. On leaving the Royal Academy of Music he found work as a singing teacher, but soon his ambition was crystallised in the direction of conducting. After making his debut inhe began his activity as an orchestral and choral conductor.
He gained experience by working for several opera companies, many of them obscure. Meanwhile he was deriving a steady income from his singing tuition, and he published IX. The Catacombs - Sir Henry Wood - Orchestrations By Sir Henry Wood (CD) manual The Gentle Art of Singing.
InRobert Newman, manager of the Queen's Hall in London, proposed holding a series of promenade concerts with Henry Wood as conductor. Dr George Cathcart, a wealthy ear, nose and throat specialist, offered to sponsor the project on condition that Wood took charge of every concert.
It is particularly significant that Henry Wood should have chosen an overture by Wagner to open the first programme.
Prejudice against British musicians was very strong. Henry Wood was to alter all that. In particular, it was thought that no British conductor would be capable of conducting Wagner. Their success was so conspicuous that a new series of concerts was inaugurated on January 30,under Wood's direction, and flourished from IX.
The Catacombs - Sir Henry Wood - Orchestrations By Sir Henry Wood (CD) beginning. Wood was to prove otherwise.
In fact, for many years the programming of the promenade concerts followed a particular pattern according to the day of the week, with Monday nights being Wagner nights and Friday being dedicated to L. Wood also bravely introduced British audiences to many noteworthy European composers, especially Sibelius and composers of IX. The Catacombs - Sir Henry Wood - Orchestrations By Sir Henry Wood (CD) Russian school. Henry Wood remained in sole charge of the Proms with one or two exceptions until when he shared the conducting with Basil Cameron and, in the following season, with Sir Adrian Boult as well.
Mussorgsky's 'Picture' has been immortally orchestrated by Ravel but Wood's version holds its own extremely well. Braithwaite and the LPO play all works with utter conviction and this tribute to one of the great conductors of the past should be snapped up without delay.
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