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July 1st, 1934
Haydn Wood conducts the Harry Wood's Orchestra in
his Manx Rhapsody and his Manx Tone Poem, Mannin Veen
at the Palace, Douglas, Isle of Man. This is part of a Manx Music
broadcast on the BBC North Regional Programme, the first concert ever
broadcast from the Isle of Man.
July 3rd, 1951
Haydn Wood is among the audience at the Festival
of Britain Pageant, at Nunnery Grounds, Douglas, Isle of Man. The
Pageant depicts the history of the Island through the ages. Wood has
composed the music.
July 4th, 1917
Haydn Wood confirms to William Boosey that he will
compose solely for Chappell under the conditions arranged by them
yesterday. In the Memorandum of Agreement made on July 11th, it will be
agreed that Haydn Wood shall write songs exclusively for Chappell &
Co. for a period of three years commencing July 15th, 1917. He will
provide them with not less than four songs a year, the songs to be
approved by Chappell. And Chappell shall have the first refusal of any
pianoforte music or other works Haydn Wood may write.
July 5th, 1952
Over the years, Haydn Wood suggested to the BBC
that they broadcast a programme of Manx music on July 5th for Tynwald
Day to please the people of the Isle of Man. Today, he is in Manchester
to conduct the BBC Northern Orchestra in a concert of his Manx music.
The programme is broadcast on the BBC North Home Service. And later in
the evening, the BBC Opera Orchestra conducted by Stanford Robinson
plays Wood's Mannin Veen on the National Light Programme.
July 6th, 1953
Haydn Wood writes to Hubert Clifford, Head of
Light Music at the BBC: 'I see by the Radio Times there is a series of
"Mr Music" broadcasts, so I am venturing to ask if I may be given a
programme as composer-conductor. Though I have never actually earned my
living as a conductor, I have conducted my music since the early days
of Savoy Hill, also up and down the country at concert performances, so
I hope I may be eligible as a "Mr Music".'
July 9th, 1933
Haydn Wood conducts the Grand Orchestra at the
Palace, Douglas, Isle of Man, in his own compositions: the andante and
finale from his violin concerto, with violinist Antonio Brosa, Mannin
Veen, A Manx Tone Poem and Roses of Picardy, Song Intermezzo.
July 10th, 1941
Haydn Wood writes to Reginald Burston at the BBC:
'I am writing to thank you for a fine broadcast of my King Orry.
It was so virile and excellent throughout that I am rather loath to
draw attention to one point, and that is, the oboe solo in the opening
section was a little overshadowed by the string accompaniment. This is
problably my fault and probably a little to do with the balance also. I
should have liked to have muted the strings, but, unfortunately, there
is no opportunity for taking the mutes off for the following climax.
Please do not think this overshadowing was pronounced, as, probably,
nobody but the composer would notice it.'
July 13th, 1904
Haydn Wood and his family get together at Douglas,
Isle of Man, to celebrate his brother Daniel's engagement to Mary
July 14th, 1909
Haydn Wood's piano concerto in D minor is given
its first performance at the Queen's Hall, London, under the auspices
of the Royal College of Music Patron's Fund. Charles Villiers Stanford
conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, and Ellen Edwards is at the
July 17th, 1952
At the Cheltenham Festival of British Contemporary
Music, tonight's concert is devoted exclusively to the music of the
lighter British masters. Sir John Barbirolli conducts the Hallé
Orchestra in Haydn Wood's Variations on a Once Popular Humorous
Song. Wood comes on to the platform five times to receive
July 19th, 1941
Haydn Wood sends to his publisher Boosey &
Hawkes an arrangement for mixed voices of Torch of Freedom.
He writes to Leslie Boosey: 'I am wondering if it is a shade high in
the key of G. Would you kindly ask your advisers if the key of Gb would
be better … I think this vocal arrangement should be orchestrated …
Incidentally, suddenly becoming mercenary, do I receive anything for
these arrangements?' Boosey will answer: 'I am a little puzzled about
your second question. Of course you will receive a 10 % royalty on the
arrangement, with the usual half royalties abroad', and Wood will
reply: 'I did not realise that it was in my contract … Stupid of me!'
The arrangement will eventually be published for chorus and orchestra
in the key of G, in November.
July 20th, 1935
Haydn Wood leaves London to stay for three weeks
at his brother Harry's, in Douglas, Isle of Man. On the way, he will
conduct a concert of his compositions in Blackpool.
July 21st, 1935
Tonight, Haydn Wood conducts
the North Pier Orchestra in Blackpool.
July 22nd, 1932
Haydn Wood dedicates a copy of the arrangement for
violin and piano of his violin concerto, to his wife Dorothy. The
concerto itself is dedicated "To my Wife."
July 24th, 1945
Haydn Wood asks Stanford Robinson, the BBC Music
Productions Director, if he would look at the score of the march The
Horse Guards, Whitehall that he has just completed, with a view to
giving it its first performance in the "Tuesday Serenade" programme.
Robinson won't think he can play this march because it contains a tune
somewhat reminiscent of something else. The march will later be the
signature tune of the most enduring record request show "Dow Your Way"
from its inception on December 29th, 1946 to 1992.
July 25th, 1946
Haydn Wood is about to move back to London after
the war years. He finds it impossible to get the telephone connected.
He asks Kenneth Wright if there is anybody in the BBC who can possibly
help him to get it. Wright will answer that they cannot do anything
about it, as many of their own staff are in exactly the same position,
and the only priorities apply to senior officials.
July 28th, 1916
Haydn Wood has his brother Daniel to lunch. Daniel
has written a song and they put the finishing touches to it.
July 31st, 1909
Hilton Schofield assigns to Haydn Wood the words
of Ho, Noney No. Hilton Schofield is a pseudonym under which
Wood penned a few songs. Ho, Noney No will be published by
Chappell in 1910 with a new title: On a Spring Morning.
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August 1st, 1927
Haydn Wood with soprano Josie Fearon gives a
musical scena on the stage of the Astoria Cinema, Charing Cross Road,
London. They will perform at the intermission each day until August 6th.
August 3rd, 1940
Haydn Wood sends to his publisher Boosey
& Hawkes a choral work Ode to Genius which he has written
with a view to its inclusion as a test piece in the 50th Manx Music
Festival. Leslie Boosey will answer that they feel it will not be
widely used by the average Festivals, even in peace time. Wood and
Boosey will agree to share the cost of producing an edition of 500. But
Boosey will wait until 1945 to publish Ode to Genius when the
Manx Music Festival promise to choose the work as the test piece for
the 60 voice choirs in the next Festival. Thus it will be given its
first performance at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, on May 12th, 1946,
with the Royal Naval School of Music Orchestra, in the Festival's
August 4th, 1941
Haydn Wood writes to his publisher Leslie Boosey:
'Clarence Raybould is broadcasting the first performance of my new
overture Minerva in the BBC Home Service … I hope you or your
advisers will listen in'. An adviser will listen in and comment: 'A
nice work … must have full orchestra. Very symphonic in character … Why
not get it and keep it for hire until war is over?' Boosey will decide
to wait until Wood approaches him again with reference to Minerva.
Wood will approach him on August 19th. Eventually Minerva
will never be published.
August 5th, 1947
Haydn Wood assigns to Ascherberg Hopwood &
Crew all the rights in his composition Princess Elizabeth of
England. And in 1952, Ascherberg will republish the work as Elizabeth
of England after the Princess's accession to the throne.
August 7th, 1948
Haydn Wood is the guest conductor in a concert by
the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra at the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth.
He conducts his own works Mannin Veen, his Scherzo
Fantastique for piano and orchestra, A Stanford Rhapsody,
and the first performance of Soliloquy.
August 10th, 1954
Haydn Wood has set to music
Richard Corrin's A Thousand Beautiful Things in 1946, Song
of a Thankful Heart in 1947, and As I Go on My Way in
August 11th, 1928
Haydn Wood writes to his publisher Boosey &
Hawkes: 'I have played White Rose Asleep very successfully as
a violin piece and it has struck me that possibly you may think it
worth while to publish the arrangement for violin or cello which I am
sending you.' White Rose Asleep is a song which Wood has
composed and got published by Boosey in 1913. The arrangements for
violin, and for cello, with piano accompaniment, will be published in
November 1918 under the title of Berceuse.
August 16th, 1920
In consideration of a royalty of four pence per
copy to be paid to him on all copies sold of the piano edition, Haydn
Wood assigns to Chappell all the copyright of the selection arranged on
songs composed by him. The selection has actually been published
earlier in 1920.
August 17th, 1930
Haydn Wood conducts a concert of his compositions
at the Palace, Douglas, Isle of Man. He gives with his brother Harry's
orchestra, his suite Three Famous Cinema Stars, Harlequinade,
The Court of Pharao from suite Egypta, and A
Southern Rhapsody, Virginia. By special request, Harry conducts Pleading
and Love in Arcady. Haydn Wood plays on the violin his Berceuse
and La Vie de Bohème. The concert includes several of his
songs with the first performances of The Fairy Changeling by
soprano Gladys Cole and When Dawn Breaks Through by tenor
August 20th, 1907
Haydn Wood with Madame Albani and her Concert
Party arrives in Tasmania on board the Coogee from Melbourne. They give
a concert at the Albert Hall, Launceston. Wood plays the finale of
César Franck's violin sonata with Myrtle Meggy at the piano. He plays a
violin obbligato to Albani's singing of L'amero (Mozart). He
gives on the violin Plevna Nota by Hubay, Träumerei
by Schumann, a Serenade by Pierné and his own Variations
on a Caprice of Paganini. He is accompanied by Theodore Flint at
the piano. After the performance, Madame Albani and Company leave for
Hobart by the mail train at 11 o'clock.
August 21st, 1903
Two concerts take place at Government House,
Douglas, Isle of Man, on the occasion of the rummage sale. Haydn Wood
and other musicians have kindly offered their services. Wood plays on
the violin Plevna Nota by Hubay and a Nocturne by
Chopin arranged by Sarasate.
August 22nd, 1934
Haydn Wood conducts the Municipal Orchestra at the
Colonnade, Bexhill, Sussex, in a concert of his orchestral works. They
give A Manx Overture, Mannin Veen, and the suite In
an Old Cathedral Town. Soprano Muriel Sheather sings Wood's A
Brown Bird Singing, Bird of Love Divine and The
Unforgotten Melody. And Reginald Whitehouse plays on the violin
Wood's La Vie de Bohème and Slumber Song.
The Daily Telegraph, August 18th,
August 23rd, 1933
Haydn Wood listens to Reginald King and His
Orchestra in a BBC programme entitled "The Music of Haydn Wood". He
will write to Reginald King: 'I was delighted with many of the
beautiful effects you produced. The organ was particularly effective in
Mannin Veen but there are heaps of other points too
numerous to mention that pleased me immensely.'
August 24th, 1940
Haydn Wood writes to the Secretary of the
Performing Right Society: 'I am in favour of the purchase of a Spitfire
aircraft and that the Society should subscribe £ 5,000 for that
August 25th, 1934
Haydn Wood and Dorothy send a telegram to Wood's
sister Adeline on her 54th birthday: 'Many happy returns of your
birthday. Congratulations on attaining your majority.'
August 26th, 1915
Haydn Wood attends a Promenade Concert at the
Queen's Hall, London. Sir Henry Wood conducts the New Queen's Hall
Orchestra in Haydn Wood's concerto in D minor for piano and orchestra.
Auriol Jones is at the piano.
August 30th, 1920
Haydn Wood and Dorothy Court with their pianist
Lily Mackenzie, give their vocal and musical act at the Palace,
Douglas, Isle of Man. This is the first day of a two-week contract.
Haydn's brother Harry is the Palace Musical Director. Haydn's stay in
Douglas is a family gathering too, with Harry and their sisters Adeline
and Sophia, who all live in Douglas.
August 31st, 1940
After the BBC have decided to ban copyright music
by German (and their Allies) composers, Haydn Wood writes to his
publisher Leslie Boosey: 'I am glad to hear the Corporation (with some
gentle persuasion from the Performing Right Society, no doubt) are
putting the screw on Alien composers; about time, too!'
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September 2nd, 1942
Haydn Wood conducts the BBC Theatre
Orchestra in a concert of his compositions broadcast from Bedford. They
perform the American Rhapsody, Moti Lal, the Charmer of
Snakes and Suzuki, the Geisha from the suite East
of Suez, and the rhapsody Romany Life. Wood stays with
Dorothy and a friend at the Bridge Hotel. They have dinner there with
Stanford Robinson, the BBC Music Productions Director and his wife
soprano Lorely Dyer.
September 3rd, 1940
Haydn Wood returns to his publisher Leslie
Boosey the proofs of The Seafarer arranged for military band
by W. J. Duthoit: 'You did not send me Mr Duthoit's score so I have
proofed the parts from the piano conductor to the best of my ability.
Before returning them to the engraver I think it would be advisable for
Mr Duthoit to go through my corrections to see if they tally with his
score … Do you intend doing The Seafarer for the ordinary
orchestra?' Boosey & Hawkes will publish the military band
arrangement in January 1941, and the orchestra version in January 1942.
September 4th, 1926
Haydn Wood conducts the New Queen's Hall
Orchestra in a Promenade Concert at the Queen's Hall, London. They
perform his Variations on a Familiar Air. The work will be
published under the title of Variations on a Once Popular Humorous
September 6th, 1938
Haydn Wood conducts the Municipal Orchestra
in a broadcast concert, at the Pavilion, Torquay, Devon. They give his
suite Cities of Romance, his Manx Overture, and the
first performance of his overture Life and Love. Soprano Mary
Hamlin sings his Three Songs of June accompanied by the
September 7th, 1925
Dorothy Court sings the National Anthem at
the opening ceremony of the New Cross Kinema, London. The entertainment
which follows includes Haydn Wood and Dorothy in their musical scena,
with their pianist Lily Mackenzie. The Trio will play at the
intermissions for the week.
September 11th, 1941
Haydn Wood is currently composing a
rhapsody on Sir Charles Villers Stanford's songs. Stanford was a
composer who taught Wood composition at the Royal College of Music. A
son of Sir Charles, Guy Stanford is very protective of his father's
works. Wood meets him today at Boosey & Hawkes's, London.
September 12th, 1942
Haydn Wood has received a letter from Tudor
Williams, a listener to his broadcast concert of September 2nd. He
replies: 'I am writing to thank you for your congratulations on my
broadcast. I am very gratified that you liked it. I have much pleasure
in sending you the enclosed for your autograph album."
September 13th, 1948
Haydn Wood with Dorothy is present at the
interment of his sister Adeline, which takes place at the Slaithwaite
Cemetery, Yorkshire. Adeline died at age 68 on September 10th, in
Golcar. She was born in Slaithwaite and went to live in the Isle of Man
along with her family in 1885. For many years she lived with her
brother Harry, and she returned to Yorkshire after he died in 1938.
The first performance
of the suite Four Edward Elgar Songs is broadcast by the BBC
with Joseph Lewis conducting the BBC Orchestra. Haydn Wood transposed
these songs by Edward Elgar for orchestra. It is not known whether he
attends the rehearsal and the concert in the studio, or if he listens
Haydn Wood and Joseph Lewis.
September 15th, 1945
Haydn Wood, Dorothy and their
pianist Lily Seton move to Bideford, North Devon, again. Because of
wartime upheavals, they had left London in September 1939 to have five
different residences in North Devon, until they move back to London in
Postcard in Dorothy Wood's handwriting.
September 17th, 1905
Grand Evening Concert at the Palace, Douglas, Isle
of Man. Haydn's brother Harry Wood conducts the Palace Grand Orchestra.
Haydn is principal violinist in the orchestra. This is the last of the
Palace Summer concert series for the season. Haydn Wood has been
playing in all concerts from July to September, either as principal
violinist, or soloist, or accompanying the famous soprano Madame Albani.
September 21st, 1918
Jim Nolan gives his third annual treat to 2000 poor children who have
lost their fathers in the war. The youngsters have a real good time,
despite the wet, the only thing they miss being the sports, which is
impossible to hold. Haydn Wood is one of the many personalities present
helping with the children's outing.
September 22nd, 1902
is the first day of Dorothy Court's three years as a student at the
Royal College of Music, London, where Haydn Wood is already excelling.
She studies voice and piano acccompanying, and later opera.
September 24th, 1896
Master Haydn Wood is the young violin soloist at the Pavilion, Douglas,
Isle of Man. The concert in aid of the Isle of Man Fine Art &
Industrial Guild Music Competitions, is under the patronage of Hon. A.
Margaret Henniker, a daughter of the Lieutenant Governor. Wood plays Zigeunerweisen
(Gypsy Airs) by Pablo de Sarasate.
September 27th, 1954
Haydn Wood signed many such autographs which
included the first two bars of Roses of Picardy.
September 28th, 1947
Haydn Wood and six other composers attend a
concert by the Luton Girls Choir in Watford, Hertfordshire. All seven
have a work performed by the Choir. Two years later, the Luton Girls
Choir will record Wood's Your Prayers Are Asked, with an
orchestra conducted by George Melachrino.
September 30th, 1937
Staff of the BBC Music Department meet for their annual Swimming Gala
fun. Haydn Wood had won the plunging trophy more than once in previous
years festivities. Now, in 1937, he is happily cheering on his musical
friends even though not taking the plunge himself.
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