English Symphony Orchestra appoints new Artistic Director

The English Symphony Orchestra has named their new Artistic Director, who replaces the late Vernon Handley.

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Kenneth Woods has been named as the new Artistic Director of the English Symphony Orchestra, it has been announced. Woods' first concert is due to take place on 22 March in Christ Church Malvern.

Woods is the ESO's first Artistic Director since Vernon Handley took the position in 2007, but then passed away in 2008. Since then, the position has been vacant.

Commenting on the appointment, Woods himself said: "It's an exciting moment for the orchestra to be returning to their historic home of Malvern with their first new subscription series in some time, and I'm very excited they've asked me to partner with them in this new venture."

The coming season is due to feature performances of works by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Britten, Arne, Finzi, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky among others, all bound by the theme of 'resiliency'.

Woods is also well-known for his regular blog, 'A View From The Podium'.