Sir Henry Wood at 150 free

Thursday, 09.05.2019 - Friday, 20.09.2019, Tertis case

Henry Wood studied composition and voice at the Academy from 1886. He started his career as an accompanist and became well known as a conductor in the 1890s. He was a champion of contemporary music and conducted the British premieres of works by such composers as Debussy, Ravel, Schönberg, Shostakovich and Sibelius, as well as promoting the work of English composers, including Bax and Britten. He was knighted in 1911 and taught at the Academy from 1923, regularly conducting the student orchestra.

He is probably best known for founding the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, now known as the BBC Proms. The famous bust which is displayed each year in the Royal Albert Hall is in our collection and it can be seen the rest of the year in Duke’s Hall. This display celebrates 150 years since Sir Henry Wood’s birth and includes a selection of the many batons belonging to him that we hold in our collection. The portrait on display is a new acquisition for the Museum.