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April 1st, 1903
Haydn Wood graduates from the Royal College of
Music, London, with his Associate of the Royal College of Music Diploma.
April 2nd, 1945
Haydn Wood completes the score of A British
April 3rd, 1928
Evidence of a decline in the demand for English
music publications is shown at the Board of Trade. Publishers like
Chappell give evidence that the sales of sheet music have decreased,
saying that the gramophones are the main cause of this falling off.
Haydn Wood says that he has received as much from the sale of one copy
of sheet music as he has received from the sale of 17 gramophone
records. Last week he was told by a ship's captain that his ship had
been installed with a gramophone and amplifier to supply music to every
part of the ship instead of having a band. That would mean a reduction
in the sale of sheet music.
April 4th, 1929
Haydn Wood sends a copy of his cantata Lochinvar
for chorus and orchestra to the BBC: 'I shall be glad to know if it
will be of any use for your programmes. The words are so well known
that I think it would be of interest to your listeners.' Readers at the
BBC will be extremely critical and they will not feel they can
April 5th, 1930
Haydn Wood is present at a requiem mass said for
Emma Albani at the Servite Church, Fulham Road, London. The famous
soprano died on April 3rd. When she gave series of concerts in Canada
(1906), Australia, New Zealand and India (1907), and in Great Britain
(from 1904 to 1909), she was accompanied by Wood on the violin. She
actually gave him a break when he started a career as a professional
violinist in 1904.
April 6th, 1939
Haydn Wood receives from the Performing Right
Society the sum of £6-6-0 in respect of attendances at meetings of the
Special Classification Committee on March 13th and April 3rd. This
commitee examines arrangements of non-copyright works with a view to
ascertaining whether or not there is sufficient original material in
them to justify their being registered as copyright arrangements, and
in that event to place them in various grades according to the extent
of the arrangers' original material.
April 7th, 1938
Haydn Wood asks the BBC to note that Variations
on an Original Theme takes 12 minutes to play, not 10½ as they
have written in the programme they have just sent him for verification.
Wood is to conduct this programme of his own compositions on May 8th.
April 9th, 1944
A concert takes place at the Officer's Club,
Ilfracombe, North Devon. Soprano Lilian Pope and Haydn Wood on the
violin give a musical scena. Their programme includes A Brown Bird
Singing, Roses of Picardy, and Wood's latest ballad The
Stars Looked Down. They are accompanied by Lily Seton at the piano.
April 10th, 1902
Haydn Wood with his brother Harry and his sister
Adeline play music at the Kirk Braddan Parochial Tea, in Douglas, Isle
April 12th, 1940
Leslie Boosey has written to Haydn Wood about the
title of his Nautical Rhapsody which Boosey is about to publish.
Boosey's partner Ralph Hawkes says that the name "Shanties" is not
known in connection with sea songs in America and suggests that the
title should be changed to The Seafarer with a subtitle A
Nautical Rhapsody. Wood answers that he thinks the revised title
with the subtitle is excellent: 'I never did quite like "Shanties" on
account of my having used a similar title (Sea Shanties) in my
April 13th, 1893
Haydn Wood's brother Harry gives his Fourth Annual
Students' Orchestral and Operatic Concert at the Grand Theatre,
Douglas, Isle of Man. Master Haydn Wood plays in the violin section of
the orchestra which is conducted by Harry. And he plays with Lawrence
Rushworth a duet for two violins by Langey.
April 14th, 1954
Haydn Wood gives a two-minute interview on the BBC
Home Service in the programme "My Friends the Composers", at 6.30 pm
from the Æolian Hall, London. He has rehearsed the interview in the
April 16th, 1946
Haydn Wood sends a list of some of his
compositions which are available on records to the Composers, Authors
and Publishers Association of Canada. He encloses a true story about Roses
of Picardy which may be of interest to Canadian listeners. The
Canadian Association is preparing a series of radio scripts called
"Songs of the Nations" and "All the World Sings".
April 18th, 1898
Harry Wood and his Grand Concert Party gives a
concert at the Liberal Hall, Slaithwaite, Yorkshire. Master Haydn Wood
plays on the violin Romance and Gavotte from Mignon
(Ambroise Thomas). His other solo is Air Varié in D
(Vieuxtemps) and he responds to an encore with Home Sweet Home (Henry
Bishop) with variations. His brother Daniel gives flute and piccolo
solos. Their sister Eliza plays the piano accompaniments. A similar
programme will be given at the neighbouring towns of Meltham and
Marsden on April 19th and 20th.
April 19th, 1932
Haydn Wood asks his publisher Leslie Boosey if
there are any complimentary tickets for the John McCormack concert. If
so, 'I should greatly obliged if you could let me have a couple. I
shall quite understand if there are not. By the way, I do hope you will
let him see a copy of Shy Is My Love.' Tenor John McCormack
has recorded a few Haydn Wood songs and he will record a few more later.
April 20th, 1932
Leslie Boosey is willing to publish a book of six
violin obbligatos out of seven that Haydn Wood has written to famous
songs by various composers. But Wood is not happy with Boosey's
financial offer: 'I consider your offer of eight guineas inadequate for
the amount of work and thought I put into these arrangements … I might
add that I paid a pianist a couple of guineas to try them over several
times with me before I submitted them for your approval. Also, though I
do not consider myself a slow worker, it took me a week to complete the
set of seven pieces … Personally, I see possibilities of the album
being useful for teaching purposes as I have carefully edited it as
regards bowing and fingering.' Publisher and composer will agree on a
ten guineas fee, and the album will eventually be published in February
1933 with five obbligatos written by Wood and one written by Howard
Fisher. The collection includes a violin obbligato to Bird of Love
Divine, which is the only obbligato to any of his own songs that
Wood ever got published.
April 22nd, 1944
Haydn Wood conducts a programme of his own
compositions for the BBC General Forces Programme, broadcast live from
Bedford. It is a 30-minute concert including his new overture Eros,
A Manx Pastoral Scene, Firelight (Caprice), The
Seafarer (A Nautical Rhapsody) and Seville(Fiesta). Eros
is recorded for further broadcasts.
April 24th, 1938
Haydn Wood hears his Manx Tone Poem Mannin
Veen broadcast by Joseph Lewis for the first time with organ. He
writes and asks the BBC if they 'could find a niche for it in the
forthcoming Proms … I feel sure it would be particularly successful
April 25th, 1948
Haydn Wood writes to Douglas Lawrence, Light Music
Supervisor at the BBC: 'I find that the most important date in the Isle
of Man, Tynwald Day, is on July 5th. As you probably know this is
equivalent to St. George's Day & St. Andrew's Day etc on the
mainland. If you have an opportunity should I be asking too much if you
would include a Manx work of mine in one of your programmes. I have
several to choose from. I know the Manx people would appreciate it
April 27th, 1920
Haydn Wood agrees to Chappell's proposal to
arrange It Is Only a Tiny Garden as a quartette for female
voices, also the terms, 10 % of the marked price.
April 29th, 1938
Haydn Wood is a guest conductor in the Grand
Concert given in the Town Hall, Worthing, Sussex. He conducts the
Worthing Symphony Orchestra in his own compositions: suite Cities
of Romance, Manx Tone Poem Mannin Veen, and the first
concert performance of overture Life and Love.
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May 1st, 1940
Haydn Wood writes to Major O'Donnell, Military
Band Conductor at the BBC, to thank him for an excellent broadcast of
his May Day overture this afternoon. 'I do not think I have
ever heard this work on a military band before and I enjoyed the
experience very much, as I did your entire programme … It is a great
disappointment to me that Aschergerg's cannot see their way to publish
my suite Paris for military band. It is a very expensive
business, I know, but the march from it, Montmartre, is
crying out for a military band edition.'
May 2nd, 1941
Haydn Wood writes to the Secretary of the
Performing Right Society and asks to be excused from attending the next
meeting of the Board of Directors: 'I have just returned from
Yorkshire, where I have been to attend a funeral, and the travelling
conditions were so appalling that I dread another train journey so soon
[from North Devon to London].'
May 3rd, 1897
Haydn Wood enters the Royal College of Music in
London. He will study the violin under Señor Arbos and the piano as
second study. From September 1900 he will take composition as second
study under Charles Wood, and from January 1902 as principal study
under Charles Villiers Stanford.
May 4th, 1947
Haydn Wood gives an orchestral and choral concert
of his own compositions at the Palace Coliseum, Douglas, Isle of Man.
The concert is organized by the Rotary International in Great Britain
and Ireland for the members of the Annual Conference. Wood conducts A
Manx Rhapsody, Manx Tone Poem Mannin Veen, Two Manx
Countryside Sketches, Ode to Genius and Torch of
May 7th, 1934
Haydn Wood agrees to the terms set out by his
publisher Ascherberg Hopwood & Crew, related to the French edition
of Prelude which is to be published in Paris by Francis &
May 8th, 1938
Haydn Wood conducts the BBC Orchestra in a
programme entitled "Music in Manuscript". This concert of his own music
- still in manuscript - include overture Harlequinade, Variations
on an Original Theme, Scherzo in the Olden Style, and
the first performance of rhapsody King Orry.
May 10th, 1905
Haydn Wood finishes composing the adagio of a
concerto in B minor for violin and orchestra. It is not known whether
he composed the other two movements.
The last page of the arrangement for violin and
May 11th, 1933
Haydn Wood cannot agree to Chappell's suggestion
of a 3d. royalty per copy - instead of 4d. - on the vocal version of
his Love Song. Wood has composed a piano solo first, for
which Bruce Sievier has written the lyrics. Sievier would receive the
deducted 1d. per copy sold. Wood writes: 'On several of the songs I
have written lately, I have been asked to reduce my royalty. I have
agreed to this although it is not in the terms of my contract. However,
I will meet you again in the matter and suggest that I receive a 3½d.
royalty on the first ten thousand copies sold and 4d. after that
May 12th, 1919
Haydn Wood assigns to Messrs. Chappell & Co.,
the whole of the copyright for all countries in the music of the opera
entitled Tregaldabas. The libretto is written by Captain
May 15th, 1955
Haydn Wood dedicates to his great niece Marjorie
Cullerne a copy of his Two Little Pieces for violin, and
sends it to her in Vancouver, Canada. She will like them, practise and
play them often.
May 17th, 1954
Haydn Wood writes to Perceval Graves: 'I am
agreeable for you to undertake my biography on the terms you suggest …
We are going to Yorkshire later on, so I will look through any material
my sister may have to see if there is anything of further interest.'
But later on, Wood will phone Graves and say: 'What do they want to
know about my life for? No, I simply can't go on with it,' and he will
ask Graves to release him from the agreement.
May 18th, 1902
Haydn Wood is a guest violinist in the Grand
Sacred Concert organized by his brother Harry at the Palace, Douglas,
Isle of Man. He plays Hungarian Melodies by Hauser, a Romance
by Svensden, and the Gavotte from Mignon by
May 19th, 1946
A concert in aid of the Mayor's Welcome Home Fund
takes place at the Regal Cinema, Barnstaple, North Devon. Haydn Wood
has organized the concert and invited local and well-known artists. The
programme includes his Barcarolle for flute, his songs The
Stars Looked Down and A Brown Bird Singing, and the
first performance of his new song A Thousand Beautiful Things.
Wood accompanies his songs at the piano.
May 22nd, 1945
While he is passing through London on his way to
the BBC Bedford for a couple of broadcasts, Haydn Wood looks for a
house or flat. He is currently living in North Devon and he will
eventually move back to London by the end of July 1946.
May 24th, 1945
Haydn Wood conducts the BBC Theatre Orchestra at
the Corn Exchange, Bedford. They are recording Wood's music for
programmes to be broadcast in Latin America.
May 25th, 1945
Haydn Wood conducts the BBC Theatre Orchestra in a
concert of his own music for the BBC General Forces Programme, live
from the Bedford School. The programme includes The City and A
State Ball at Buckingham Palace from the London Cameos
suite, A Manx Pastoral Scene, the first performance of A
British Rhapsody, the andante sostenuto of his violin concerto
(soloist, Alfred Barker), Fairy Revels from A Day in
Fairyland, and A Southern Rhapsody, Virginia.
May 26th, 1921
Haydn Wood sends to his publisher Chappell a copy
of a waltz Love's Fragrance by Florence Walker, which is now
published by H. Sharples & Son under the title of Valse Lilah.
The reason he is sending this waltz is because there are 18 bars of the
waltz-song Wood wrote for the musical play Tina. The matter
will be amicably settled by the publishers, and Wood will be paid one
penny per copy sold of Valse Lilah.
May 27th, 1945
Haydn Wood submits to the BBC a programme of his
compositions entitled "Round the World in an Hour with Haydn Wood": 'If
the idea appeals to you for a broadcast … I should be happy to act as a
Cook's guide and personally conduct this world tour.' Stanford
Robinson, BBC Director of Music Productions, will turn the idea down.
Wood will send his suggestion
again in September 1947. The BBC will eventually broadcast a 45 minute
concert "Round the World with Haydn Wood", by Reynolds Payne and His
Orchestra on April 17th, 1950.
May 29th, 1927
Haydn Wood with Dorothy are at the marriage of
their close friend Herbert Clayton to Flore Brousseau, at the Strand
registry office, London. Herbert Clayton is a theatrical producer and
manager in the successful firm of Clayton and Waller. Wood has composed
for them the musical plays Suzanne (1923), Tilly
and Archie (1924). And he has invested in their production of
No No Nanette in 1925.
May 30th, 1945
The Directors of the Performing Right Society,
including Haydn Wood, have a dinner at the Savoy Hotel, London.
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June 2nd, 1913
Willem Mengelberg conducts the London Symphony
Orchestra in Haydn Wood's piano concerto, with Tina Lerner at the piano.
June 3rd, 1943
Haydn Wood appears with local artistes in the
Grand Variety Concert which is given at Holiday Camp, Westward Ho!,
June 4th, 1906
Madame Albani's Concert Party give the last
concert of their Canadian tour in the Market Hall at Charlottetown.
They have toured Canada for three months and a half from Halifax to
Victoria and back. Haydn Wood has accompanied Albani on the violin in
arias by Mozart. And he has played duets with Adela Verne at the piano,
and well-known violin solos.
June 6th, 1949
Haydn Wood cuts the tape to open the Kingsley
Hall, the new Community Centre at Westward Ho!, North Devon.
June 7th, 1913
Haydn Wood with his brothers Harry and Daniel go
to the Epsom Derby. Harry puts money on the 6/4 favourite Craganour.
But Craganour is disqualified for bumping and the race is awarded to
the 100/1 outsider Aboyeur.
June 8th, 1945
Haydn Wood writes to Dr. Hely-Hutchinson, Director
of Music at the BBC: 'I hear on the wireless this morning that TM the
King & Queen are visiting the Isle of Man for the Tynwald ceremony
on July 4th. May I suggest that half an hour of my Manx music during
that day might be considered appropriate. I know from my connection
with the Island it would please the Manx people!' Ronald Biggs, Music
Programme Organiser, will answer that the BBC's complete reorganisation
of programmes has required rather longer notice for suggestions such as
Wood's, and that they will not be able to avail themselves of it.
June 12th, 1951
Haydn Wood asks his publisher Boosey & Hawkes
to send the material of his violin concerto to the Spa Light Music
Festival at Scarborough.
June 13th, 1901
The new Concert Hall at the Royal College of
Music, London, is opened in the presence of the Duke of Cambridge and a
large audience. Haydn Wood plays in the first violins section of the
Pupils' College Orchestra conducted by Professor C. Villiers Stanford.
And he plays as a soloist Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
in A minor, op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns.
June 16th, 1940
Haydn Wood listens to the Reginald King Quartet on
the radio, and he writes to the BBC to ask why Roses of Picardy
was not played as advertised in the Radio Times. Kenneth Wright,
Assistant Director of Music, will answer: 'Forgive me for feeling
disappointed that in days rendered hectic by the precipitous rush of
momentous events, I must use valuable minutes pointing out to you
something which we had hoped was felt instinctively by every listener
in the country.' Roses of Picardy was omitted because the BBC
considered what was happening in northern France, and thought that the
song and its title might have intensified the general grief.
June 17th, 1906
Madame Albani and Haydn Wood are back to the
United Kingdom from Canada. They give a concert in London at the Royal
June 20th, 1939
The Evening News publishes an article by Haydn
'I am quite sure my own more
important works would have been treated with far greater respect had I
not made myself notorious as the man who composed Roses of Picardy.
Personally, I am somewhat impatient of this musical snobbery.'
June 21st, 1949
'To Dorothy, With my love, Haydn.' This is how
Haydn Wood signs a printed copy of his newly published composition for
orchestra, Soliloquy. The mood set up in this dreamy
impressionistic piece is one of intimacy and tenderness befitting a
dedication from a loving composer to his wife.
June 22nd, 1910
Haydn Wood and his nephew Hilton Cullerne go to
the Yorkshire-Northamptonshire cricket match at Bramall Lane,
Sheffield. Northamptonshire win by 5 wickets.
June 23rd, 1941
Haydn Wood sends the piano conductor of A
Stanford Rhapsody, "Westward Ho!" to his publisher Leslie Boosey.
'Personally, I am very pleased indeed with the way it has panned out.'
Boosey and his partner Ralph Hawkes will answer that they are 'most
enthusiastic about it.' Boosey had asked Wood to undertake the writing
of an orchestral rhapsody on Charles V. Stanford's Songs of the Sea
which were inspired by the county of Devon. Wood started working on A
Stanford Rhapsody in April, while he was still living in Westward
Ho!, Devon. Its composition will continue through March 1942 due to the
special attention Wood himself, Boosey and Stanford's son Guy, will
give to the rhapsody. Boosey & Hawkes will finally publish it in
1947 when they have overcome the war difficulties. Wood will dedicate
the work 'to the memory of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, who taught me
the technique of composition.'
June 25th, 1953
Haydn Wood attends the 39th anniversary luncheon
of the Performing Right Society at Connaught Rooms, London.
June 26th, 1954
The first performance of a Gipsy Rhapsody
by Haydn Wood is amongst the works at today's concert of the BBC Light
Programme Music Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, London. The London
Light Concert Orchestra is conducted by Rae Jenkins. And Haydn Wood
himself conducts the first performance of his Spring, Allurement.
Both works are recorded by the BBC.
June 27th, 1951
At the Spa Light Music Festival in Scarborough,
Yorkshire, Haydn Wood conducts the first performance of his new
composition A Yorkshire Suite for orchestra. Wood was born in
Yorkshire and he specially wrote the suite for the Festival.
June 28th, 1947
Haydn Wood and Dorothy go to the Glyndebourne
Festival to see the opera Alfred Herring by Benjamin Britten.
Britten himself conducts the orchestra. This trip to Glyndebourne is
organized for the delegates of the 14th Congress of the International
Confederation of Authors' and Composers' Societies. Both Haydn and
Dorothy have often been socializing this week with the Congress
June 29th, 1905
Haydn Wood conducts the first performance of a
suite for full orchestra, at the Royal College of Music Patron's Fund
Concert, at the Queen's Hall, London. Wood composed the suite while he
was completing his violin studies in Brussels in 1903-1904. It consists
of three movements, an Andante con moto, a short set of
variations on a theme in B minor, and a Polonaise.
June 30th, 1928
Haydn Wood signs and sends back to his publisher
Chappell a receipt of the sum of three guineas for his orchestral
arrangement of his Three Songs of June. He encloses a short
note: 'I should like to point out that is only a nominal fee as I do
not wish my acceptance of so small an amount to create a precedent.'
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