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Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)
Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)
Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)
Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)
Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)
Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)
Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)
Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)
Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)

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A portrait of Sir Henry Wood, head and shoulders, wearing a suit and his familiar bow tie. Each July this bust is removed from its home at the Royal Academy of Music and placed on the platform at the Royal Albert Hall, where it is garlanded with a chaplet of laurel and remains throughout the BBC Promenade Concert series. At the end of the series, in September, the chaplet is taken to St Sepulchre's Church, the musicians' chapel, where there is a memorial stained-glass window to Wood, and a service is held in his memory. This work is part of the Sir Henry Wood Collection. Sir Henry Wood was the first conductor of the 'Mr Robert Newman Promenade Concerts,' as they were called, founded in 1895. In 1927 the BBC took over the Proms and for three years, until the founding of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1930, the concerts were given by 'Sir Henry Wood and his Symphony Orchestra'.

Royal Academy of Music



Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944)






H 56 x W 32 x D 30 cm

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gift from Lady Jessie Wood, 1955

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