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Wood, James (conductor)
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James Wood (conductor)

James Wood is known for his wide-ranging activities as composer and conductor and for a close association with a broad spectrum of music from the middle ages to the present day. In 1981 he founded the highly acclaimed New London Chamber Choir, of which he was principal conductor for over twenty-five years. He has recorded over twenty-five CDs.

During the last decade he has worked regularly with the Netherlands Radio Choir, RundfunkChor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, SWR Vokalensemble, Champ d’Action and musikFabrik, and is also in demand as guest conductor from many ensembles, choirs and orchestras throughout Europe. James Wood has enjoyed close working relationships with many distinguished composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Mauricio Kagel, Kaija Saariaho, György Kurtág, Alejandro Viñao, Steve Reich, Jonathan Harvey and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

As a composer his interests have led to a wide range of works for almost every conceivable genre. He has realized commissions from such diverse sources as the Arditti Quartet, IRCAM, the ARD, Percussions de Strasbourg and the BBC Proms. Major works include Séance (1996) for soprano, mixed choir, MIDIvibraphone and electronics; Jodo (1999) for soprano, percussion solo and electronics; Autumn Voices (2001) for violin and electronics; and the opera Hildegard.

Major awards include the 1993 Gemini Fellowship, the 1995/6 Arts Foundation Fellowship for electro-acoustic composition, and a Holst Foundation Award.

Albums
'Boulanger: Clairières dans le ciel & other works' (CDH55153)
Boulanger: Clairières dans le ciel & other works
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'Harvey: The Angels, Ashes Dance Back & other choral works' (CDA67835)
Harvey: The Angels, Ashes Dance Back & other choral works
'Janáček: Choral Music' (CDH55398)
Janáček: Choral Music
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'Poulenc: Secular choral music' (CDA66798)
Poulenc: Secular choral music
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'Stravinsky: Les Noces & other choral works' (CDH55467)
Stravinsky: Les Noces & other choral works
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'Xenakis: Choral Music' (CDA66980)
Xenakis: Choral Music
Complete works available for download
LILI BOULANGER  (1893-1918)
Hymne au soleil with New London Chamber Choir
Les sirènes with New London Chamber Choir, Amanda Pitt (soprano)
Pour les funérailles d'un soldat with New London Chamber Choir
Soir sur la plaine with New London Chamber Choir, Martyn Hill (tenor)
CARLO GESUALDO  (c1561-1613)
Tres sacrae cantiones with New London Chamber Choir
JONATHAN HARVEY  (1939-2012)
Ashes Dance Back with Latvian Radio Choir, Jonathan Harvey (electronics), Carl Faia (electronics), Clive Williamson (synthesizer)
Marahi with Latvian Radio Choir
The Summer Cloud's Awakening with Latvian Radio Choir, Jonathan Harvey (electronics), Carl Faia (electronics), Clive Williamson (synthesizer), Ilona Meija (flute), Arne Deforce (cello)
LEOŠ JANÁČEK  (1854-1928)
Ave Maria with New London Chamber Choir
Elegie na smrt dcery Olgy 'Elegy on the death of my daughter Olga' with Jamie MacDougall (tenor), Clive Williamson (piano), New London Chamber Choir
Hradcanské Písnicky 'Songs of Hradcany' with New London Chamber Choir, Critical Band
Kašpar Rucký with Amanda Pitt (soprano), New London Chamber Choir
Otcenáš 'Our Father' with Jamie MacDougall (tenor), Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (organ), Hugh Webb (harp), New London Chamber Choir
Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' with New London Chamber Choir, Critical Band
Sedmdesát tisíc 'The 70,000' with Daniel Norman (tenor), New London Chamber Choir
Vlcí stopa 'The wolf's trail' with Amanda Pitt (soprano), Christopher Clark (tenor), Clive Williamson (piano), New London Chamber Choir
FRANCIS POULENC  (1899-1963)
Chanson à boire with New London Chamber Choir
Chansons françaises with New London Chamber Choir
Figure humaine with New London Chamber Choir
Petites voix with New London Chamber Choir
Sept Chansons with New London Chamber Choir
Un soir de neige with New London Chamber Choir
IGOR STRAVINSKY  (1882-1971)
Four Russian peasant songs 'Podblyudnye', 1914-1917 version with New London Chamber Choir, The Voronezh Chamber Choir, Oleg Shepel (director)
Four Russian peasant songs 'Podblyudnye', 1954 version with New London Chamber Choir, The Voronezh Chamber Choir, Oleg Shepel (director), New London Chamber Ensemble
Introitus: T S Eliot in memoriam with New London Chamber Choir, New London Chamber Ensemble
Les Noces 'Svadebka' with New London Chamber Choir, The Voronezh Chamber Choir, New London Chamber Ensemble, Oleg Shepel (director)
The dove descending breaks the air with New London Chamber Choir
IANNIS XENAKIS  (1922-2001)
A Colone with New London Chamber Choir, Critical Band
Knephas with New London Chamber Choir
Medea with New London Chamber Choir, Critical Band
Nuits with New London Chamber Choir
Serment with New London Chamber Choir
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Colone (Xenakis)
A peine défigurée  No 2 of Sept Chansons (Poulenc)
Ah! mon Beau Laboureur  No 7 of Chansons françaises (Poulenc)
Ashes Dance Back (Harvey)
Assumpta est Maria  No 2 of Tres sacrae cantiones (Gesualdo/Stravinsky)
Aussi bas que le silence  Movement 3 of Figure humaine (Poulenc)
Ave Maria (Janáček)
Bába leze do bezu … 'Granny's crawling into the elder bush …'  No 13 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Belle et ressemblante  No 5 of Sept Chansons (Poulenc)
Belveder  No 3 of Hradcanské Písnicky 'Songs of Hradcany' (Janáček)
Bois meurtri  Movement 3 of Un soir de neige (Poulenc)
C'est la petit' fill' du Prince  No 5 of Chansons françaises (Poulenc)
Chanson à boire (Poulenc)
Chansons françaises (Poulenc)
Clic, clac, dansez sabots  No 4 of Chansons françaises (Poulenc)
Da pacem Domine  No 1 of Tres sacrae cantiones (Gesualdo/Stravinsky)
De grandes cuillers de neige  Movement 1 of Un soir de neige (Poulenc)
De tous les printemps du monde  Movement 1 of Figure humaine (Poulenc)
Delám, delám kázání … 'I'm giving a little talk …'  No 9 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Elegie na smrt dcery Olgy 'Elegy on the death of my daughter Olga' (Janáček)
En chantant les servantes s'élancent  Movement 2 of Figure humaine (Poulenc)
En rentrant de l'école  No 3 of Petites voix (Poulenc)
Figure humaine (Poulenc)
Four Russian peasant songs 'Podblyudnye', 1914-1917 version (Stravinsky)
Four Russian peasant songs 'Podblyudnye', 1954 version (Stravinsky)
Franta rasu hrál na basu 'Franta the knacker's son played the bass-fiddle'  No 7 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Frantíku, Frantíku 'Frantík, Frantík'  No 18 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Hle sám, jak smírne, pokojne dívka spí! 'Behold, how peacefully, how comfortably the girl sleeps!'  First line to Elegie na smrt dcery Olgy 'Elegy on the death of my daughter Olga' (Janáček)
Hó, hó, krávy dó … 'Ho, ho, off go the cows …'  No 11 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Hradcanské Písnicky 'Songs of Hradcany' (Janáček)
Hymne au soleil (Boulanger)
Illumina nos  No 3 of Tres sacrae cantiones (Gesualdo/Stravinsky)
Introitus: T S Eliot in memoriam (Stravinsky)
Karel do pekla zajel 'Karel rode off to hell'  No 5 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Kašpar Rucký (Janáček)
Knephas (Xenakis)
Koza bílá hrušky sbírá 'A white goat's picking pears'  No 14 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Koza lezí na sene 'A goat is lying in the hay'  No 16 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
La bell' si nous étions  No 6 of Chansons françaises (Poulenc)
La belle se sied au pied de la tour  No 2 of Chansons françaises (Poulenc)
La blanche neige  No 1 of Sept Chansons (Poulenc)
La bonne neige  Movement 2 of Un soir de neige (Poulenc)
La menace sous le ciel rouge  Movement 7 of Figure humaine (Poulenc)
La nuit le froid la solitude  Movement 4 of Un soir de neige (Poulenc)
La petite fille sage  No 1 of Petites voix (Poulenc)
Le chien perdu  No 2 of Petites voix (Poulenc)
Le hérisson  No 5 of Petites voix (Poulenc)
Le jour m'étonne et la nuit me fait peur  Movement 6 of Figure humaine (Poulenc)
Le petit garçon malade  No 4 of Petites voix (Poulenc)
Les Noces 'Svadebka' (Stravinsky)
Les sirènes (Boulanger)
Les tisserands  No 8 of Chansons françaises (Poulenc)
Leze krtek 'The mole creeps'  No 4 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
LIBERTÉ  Movement 8 of Figure humaine (Poulenc)
Luire  No 7 of Sept Chansons (Poulenc)
Marahi (Harvey)
Margoton va t'a l'iau  No 1 of Chansons françaises (Poulenc)
Marie  No 6 of Sept Chansons (Poulenc)
Medea (Xenakis)
Moje zena malucická … 'My tiny little wife …'  No 12 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Náš pes, náš pes … 'Our dog, our dog …'  No 8 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Nemec brouk, hrnce tlouk 'German-beetle broke some pans'  No 15 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Není lepší jako z jara 'There's nothing better than Springtime'  No 3 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Nuits (Xenakis)
Otcenáš 'Our Father' (Janáček)
Par une nuit nouvelle  No 3 of Sept Chansons (Poulenc)
Petites voix (Poulenc)
Pilons l'orge  No 3 of Chansons françaises (Poulenc)
Placící fontána 'The weeping fountain'  No 2 of Hradcanské Písnicky 'Songs of Hradcany' (Janáček)
Pour les funérailles d'un soldat (Boulanger)
Riant du ciel et des planètes  Movement 5 of Figure humaine (Poulenc)
Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Rípa se vdávala 'The beetroot got married'  No 2 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Roztrhané kalhoty 'Ripped trousers'  No 6 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Sedel medvid' na kolodi 'The bear sat on a tree trunk'  No 19 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Sedmdesát tisíc je nás 'Seventy thousand are there of us'  First line to Sedmdesát tisíc 'The 70,000' (Janáček)
Sedmdesát tisíc 'The 70,000' (Janáček)
Sept Chansons (Poulenc)
Serment (Xenakis)
Soir sur la plaine (Boulanger)
Stará bába carovala 'The old woman was making magic'  No 10 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Temná noc! Starý hejtman hledá stopu vlcí 'A dark night! The old Captain searches for the wolf's trail'  First line to Vlcí stopa 'The wolf's trail' (Janáček)
The dove descending breaks the air (Stravinsky)
The Summer Cloud's Awakening (Harvey)
Toi ma patiente  Movement 4 of Figure humaine (Poulenc)
Tous les droits  No 4 of Sept Chansons (Poulenc)
Tres sacrae cantiones (Gesualdo/Stravinsky)
Trhám ji jak malinu 'I pick it like a raspberry'  First line to Kašpar Rucký (Janáček)
Un soir de neige (Poulenc)
Vašek, pašek, bubeník 'Vašek, pašek, the drummer'  No 17 of Ríkadla 'Nursery Rhymes' (Janáček)
Vlcí stopa 'The wolf's trail' (Janáček)
Zlatá ulicka 'Golden Street'  No 1 of Hradcanské Písnicky 'Songs of Hradcany' (Janáček)
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