Henry Wood was born in London on 3 March 1869 and died at Hitchin on 19 August 1944. His allegiance to the Promenade Concerts - arguably still the dominant feature of London's summer musicmaking, as the BBC Proms - is universally known, perhaps less so his courageous presentation of new music, notably Schoenberg's 5 Orchestral Pieces in 1912. He first played the organ, and later conducted opera before his first season of Proms in 1895.
Ensemble. What does this symphony mean? - Shostakovich's 'Leningrad', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. High Spirits - Music by Dohnányi, heard by Howard Smith. '... the Buffalonians ... make their virtuosity seem almost effortless ...'
Ask Alice - On classical music in London's Royal Albert Hall, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
Record Box. Wit and Energy - Music for piano and orchestra by Benjamin Britten, enjoyed by Robert Anderson
Ensemble. A Bright Future - Malcolm Miller was at the final night of the 2008 BBC Proms in London
Ensemble. Primal Energy - Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic play Bartók, Kodály, Enescu and Ligeti
CD Spotlight. Mr Bean and Elgar - A compilation of recordings from the 1970s, reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... a technical mastery that any world soloist might envy.'