Haydn Wood might be best remembered as the composer of “Roses of Picardy” but his claim to fame is much broader.
At age 15, He entered the Royal College of Music in London where he excelled in violin, piano and composition.
He was soon known as a prodigy, 'a bright-looking little lad, all smiles and collar, who plays the fiddle as it were the easiest thing in the world, as easy as eating jam tarts' (The Musical Times, 1 January 1898).
He was acclaimed as a talented violinist, composer and conductor. The BBC, who commissioned some works, often broadcast his music.
He succeeded in getting 180 songs and ballads published, as well as 80 orchestral pieces (suites, overtures, intermezzi, rhapsodies, marches).
He composed some 300 works including a piano concerto, a violin concerto, a symphony, variations for cello and orchestra, works for piano solo, violin and piano, flute, oboe, string quartets, choral works and three musical plays.
He died in 1959 in London, aged 76.
Aspidistra was honoured to be invited to play at this event organised by the Robert Farnon Society.