Paul Wood



27 Nov 2012, Article
Music instructors scoop national award
The area has featured regularly in the list of prizewinners – this is the eighth year in a row that East Ayrshire has received an NMC education award. NMC panel chair Robin Osterley said: “I’m delighted to report that we have chosen East Ayrshire once again to be the recipient of a diploma. Many congratulations!” Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning, said: “It is a marvellous achievement for East Ayrshire to be selected from applicants from all over the UK. “The ...
27 Nov 2012, Article
Irish pipers visit ‘home of bagpipes’
The young Irish musicians, aged 12-14, accompanied by four teachers, travelled to Ayrshire for some joint music making, as part of an Ulster-Scots piping project. For most, this three-day visit was their first ever trip to Scotland and the youngsters packed lots in. A major highlight was a morning at the McCallum bagpipe factory in Kilmarnock, which exports top-quality instruments all over the world. It turned out that most of the young musicians’ bagpipes were made by McCallum – so it was ...
27 Nov 2012, Article
Stewarton celebrates school band success
Achieving Platinum means that the Senior Wind Ensemble goes through to the NCBF finals in Birmingham Conservatoire in April 2013. Nicola McNaught, Chair, Stewarton Bands Support Group, said: “This was almost too much to hope for with such a new line up. Twelve sixth year pupils left in June and quite a few new members joined the concert band, including some from S1 who have only been playing for a year”. Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning, said: “The Senior Wind ...
27 Nov 2012, Article
Young musicians ready for festive fun
Following an outstanding showing at the recent East Ayrshire Schools Gala Concert, the band is currently rehearsing its programme of Christmas music in preparation for the ever-popular school concert on Tuesday 18 December. A group from the band is also set to play– as they have for many years – at the annual Christmas service at Daldorch House School, Catrine, which is run by the National Autistic Society. The young musicians will play a selection of carols and seasonal favourites, such as Jingle ...
12 Apr 2012, Article
Bridge Cradle Song for Cello and Piano
This beautiful piece was dedicated to Phyllis Compton and composed in 1910.  The score is now available on Musicaneo.
14 Feb 2012, Article
Dancla Rigodon Op.206 for Violin and String Orchestra
When Dancla was nine years old, the violinist Pierre Rode in Bordeaux heard his music; he was so impressed that he sent a recommendation letter to Pierre Baillot, Luigi Cherubini and Rodolphe Kreutzer. Dancla became pupil to Paris conservatoires with Baillot for violin and with the opera composer Fromental Halévy for composition. Today I've just uploaded a new arrangement of Dancla's Rigodon for violin and string orchestra.  Why?  Well a ...
16 Aug 2011, Article
Strings attached
A string project that I set up in one of our primary schools that managed to get features in the Times Educational Supplement. Since the demise of the coal mines, Cumnock and the surrounding district is no longer an affluent area, and some Greenmill pupils have problems. “There are specific needs,” the head teacher explains. “Some are looked-after or accommodated children. This project engages all of them. That has a spin- off into the classroom. They’re more engaged there too. They have a ...
16 Aug 2011, Article
Alberti Sinfonie Op.2 No.5
I came across a really good set of 6 Sinfonie by Alberti the other day.  This is the fifth Sinfonie from his "XII sinfonie a quattro op.2 " published in Amsterdam in 1725. Another edition from
09 Feb 2011, News
Vivaldi Sinfonia RV Anh85
I like coming across works that don't often get played.  Today I've just added a little known sinfonia by Vivaldi.  Typical Vivaldi, three movements, fast-slow-fast.  There were a few mistakes in the hand written manuscript, mainly dropped sharps from the cello part that were easy to find. This score and many other string scores can be bought here ore at
03 Feb 2011, Article
Stamitz Sinfonia a Quattro in G
Czech composer and violinist. Johann was the father of Carl Stamitz and Anton Stamitz, also composers. Stamitz’s most important compositions are his 58 symphonies and his 10 orchestral trios. The orchestral trios, although frequently classified as symphonies, are actually somewhere between the symphony and the chamber trio, and may be played with or without doubling of parts. Stamitz was also a composer of concertos. These include, in addition to his numerous ...
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