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   Henry Wood

   Henry Wood (1869–1944) was an English conductor best known for his
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   the Proms. Wood started his career as an organist. During his studies
   at the Royal Academy of Music, he came under the influence of the voice
   teacher Manuel Garcia and became his accompanist. After similar work
   for Richard D'Oyly Carte's opera companies on the works of Arthur
   Sullivan and others, Wood became the conductor of a small operatic
   touring company. From the mid-1890s until his death, Wood focused on
   concert conducting. He was engaged by the impresario Robert Newman to
   conduct a series of promenade concerts at the Queen's Hall, offering a
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   Wood had steered the repertoire entirely to classical music. In
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   over his long career: he and Newman greatly improved access to
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       People's Crusade as it marched toward Nicaea.
     * 1520 – The islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon were discovered by
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       of the 11,000 Virgins".
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       every man will do his duty" to the rest of his Royal Navy forces
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       piloting a Cessna 182L light aircraft over the Bass Strait to King
       Island, Australia.

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