Ken Ward

Ken Ward spent most of his working life driving buses for Eastern National and London Buses. Having had an enthusiasm for the works of Bruckner since 1962, he became editor of The Bruckner Journal in 2005, but retains passionate interest in much other music. He was awarded The Bruckner Society of America 'Kilenyi' Medal of Honor in 2011.
Bruckner 3 and Demidenko's breathtaking Prokofiev at Milton Court

Pianist Nikolai Demidenko joined the Kensington Symphony Orchestra for a breathtaking rendition of Prokofiev's Third Concerto, though the performance of Bruckner's Third Symphony which followed was less successful.

Wednesday 27th November 2013 Read more...
Bob Dylan and his Band at Royal Albert Hall

It felt like a privilege to be there, a lifetime of memories flooding back and a new legendary event created before our eyes: Bob Dylan and his band played the Royal Albert Hall as part of his 2013 European tour.

Wednesday 27th November 2013 Read more...
Prom 69: Brilliant Beethoven, brassy Bruckner from Hadland, Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic

The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra's second Prom of the season saw Vasily Petrenko conduct Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, in a performance which didn't quite add up to a convincing whole, after Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with soloist Christian Ihle Hadland.

Wednesday 4th September 2013 Read more...
Magical essence of Bruckner 2 revealed in a chamber arrangement at RAM

The Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble here presented a new chamber arrangement of Bruckner's Second Symphony, done by composer Anthony Payne and conducted by Trevor Pinnock. This splendid ensemble shed new light on the piece in this novel form.

Tuesday 19th March 2013 Read more...
Trenchant Beethoven and Bruckner from Haitink, Pires and the LSO

Maria João Pires' performance of Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto was far from comfortable – and very special. An equally fine second half of Bruckner's Ninth Symphony left much to think about after this London Symphony Orchestra concert with veteran conductor Bernard Haitink.

Monday 18th February 2013 Read more...
RAM Chamber Orchestra plays Haydn symphonies at Kings Place

There is so much that is blissfully rewarding in Haydn's symphonies, and yet they are rarely played, and nearly always treated as a mere warm-up for larger works. This Kings Place concert, featuring the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra, amply demonstrated what they have to offer.

Monday 18th February 2013 Read more...
Harmony Sinfonia brings Bruckner to Brockley

Harmony Sinfonia produced a performance of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony with its own measure of insight and beauty in the cosy environs of Brockley's St Peter's Church. While they were not the Vienna Philharmonic, this was well worth braving Brockley.

Monday 3rd December 2012 Read more...
Skrowaczewski and the LPO seek the infinite in Mozart and Bruckner

89-year-old conductor Stanisław Skrowaczewski directed the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a magnificent, nourishing account of Bruckner's Seventh Symphony at the Southbank Centre this Wednesday, being joined by Hilary Hahn for some deftly articulated Mozart as well.

Thursday 25th October 2012 Read more...
Helmchen is life-affirming in late Mozart; Dohnányi's Bruckner rather refined

Martin Helmchen, just a year or two younger than Mozart was when he began writing his 27th Piano Concerto, played with life-affirming virtuosity with the Philharmonia and Christoph von Dohnányi, and the second-half performance of Bruckner's Eight Symphony was considered and cogent.

Monday 22nd October 2012 Read more...
Haitink and the outstanding RCM Orchestra play Bruckner 8

The Royal College of Music Orchestra were conducted by Bernard Haitink in this performance of Bruckner's Eighth Symphony at the RCM Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. The orchestral performance was of the highest quality and their responsiveness to Haitink's rigorous interpretation was impressive.

Wednesday 27th June 2012 Read more...
Canticum and Southbank Sinfonia light up St Martin-in-the-Fields

The two masses in this intriguing and very enjoyable programme made a thought-provoking contrast, presented by the warm-voiced Canticum chamber choir and Southbank Sinfonia, who also performed Mozart's C minor serenade.

Monday 18th June 2012 Read more...
Funeral music from Purcell and Bruckner frames Pires' magical Mozart

The London Symphony Orchestra were joined last night at the Barbican by Bernard Haitink and Portuges pianist Maria João Pires for a concert featuring Purcell’s Music for the funeral of Queen Mary, Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto, and Bruckner's Seventh Symphony. Orchestra and conductor alike played at the top of their form.

Friday 15th June 2012 Read more...
A Bruckner 5 of Integrity and Nobility from Haitink and the Concertgebouw

How extraordinary that in London we have been blessed by two remarkable performances of this symphony, conducted by veteran conductors of impeccable integrity – Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in October 2011, and now this performance by the Concertgebouw with Bernard Haitink at the Barbican.

Monday 21st May 2012 Read more...
A UK Première of a Bruckner 9 Completion from Ealing Symphony Orchestra

Extraordinary things happen in St Barnabas Church, Ealing. Tonight’s UK première of a completion of Bruckner’s Symphony no. 9 by Nors Josephson has only received a handful of performances worldwide. It's always a privilege to hear a four-movement Ninth, and all praise must go to John Gibbons and the Ealing Symphony Orchestra.

Monday 14th May 2012 Read more...
Barenboim's Bruckner Project rises to an outstanding finale at the Southbank

After performing the Seventh and Eighth Symphonies of Anton Bruckner on Monday and Tuesday, Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin returned to complete the London ‘Bruckner Project’ with a performance of the 9th.  It was a performance of such assurance and commitment that this reviewer is in danger of running out of superlatives in the attempt to give an impression of what happened this evening in the Royal Festival Hall.

Sunday 22nd April 2012 Read more...
Barenboim's Bruckner 8 at the Southbank falls short of its promise

Of Bruckner’s mighty symphonies, the Eighth is the mightiest. But this performance bty the Staatskapelle Berlin and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, falls short of its promise. 

Wednesday 18th April 2012 Read more...
Staatskapelle Berlin & Barenboim supremely eloquent in Mozart and Bruckner

The Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, played Bruckner's Seventh Symphony as well as Mozart's Piano Concerto in C minor. It is a wonderful orchestra, and Barenboim’s habit of entering into conversation with individual players gives the infectious impression that they are really enjoying themselves.

Tuesday 17th April 2012 Read more...
Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Bruckner's Ninth and Te Deum

This performance of Bruckner's unfinished Ninth Symphony was - unusually - faithful to Bruckner's deathbed wish: that the work be performed with his Te Deum in the place of the incomplete Finale. Whatever doubts one might have about the aesthetics of this decision, this was a spectacular, bold performance from Nézet-Séguin and the LPO.

Sunday 5th February 2012 Read more...
Mendelssohn and Bruckner from Steinbacher, Masur & the Philharmonia

Two popular works, and one of London’s very best orchestras, under the direction of one of Europe’s most venerable and respected conductors. A remarkable performance of Mendelssohn and Bruckner from Arabella Steinbacher, Kurt Masur and the Philharmonia.

Saturday 4th February 2012 Read more...


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