Conductor and composer. The first British-born career conductor. Born in London. He founded the promenade concerts in 1895 at the Queen's Hall. When this was destroyed in the Blitz the concerts moved to the Royal Albert Hall and Wood conducted them until his death, at Hitchin Hospital.
On 26 September 1938 as part of the celebrations for his 70th a bronze bust of Wood by Donald Gilbert was unveiled at the Queen’s
Warning: Sir Henry Joseph Wood is easily confused with the conductor Arthur Henry Wood (1875–1953).