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Haydn Wood (25 March 1882 – 11 March 1959) was a 20th century English composer and a respected violinist.

Haydn Wood was born in the Yorkshire town of Slaithwaite on 25 March 1882. When he was three years old his family moved to the Isle of Man, an island which was often a source of inspiration for the composer.

In 1887, at the Royal College of Music, he studied violin with Enrique Fernández Arbós and composition with Charles Villiers Stanford

In 1901, he was soloist at a special concert commemorating the opening of the Royal College of Music’s Concert Hall, The concert was attended by Joseph Joachim (who had heard him play before) and Pablo de Sarasate. They were so impressed that they sent him to Brussels for study with the renowned teacher César Thomson. He then embarked on a world tour, accompanying the Canadian soprano Dame Emma Albani, and they continued their association for a further eight years.

From 1913 to 1926, he toured extensively with the soprano Dorothy Court whom he married in 1909. He also gained considerable success from his works, particularly his songs. From 1939, he served as a director of the Performing Right Society.

On the occasion of his 70th birthday he was given a full concert dedicated to his music by the BBC. He died in a London nursing home on 11 March 1959, two weeks before his 77th birthday.

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