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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
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 piano.
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 tremendous applause.
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
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
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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 closing concert.
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 1949.
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 Walter Widdop.
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, 1934.
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 purpose.'
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,
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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
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 orchestra.
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.
1934 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 at home.
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 July 1946.
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
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
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