Welcome to Cambridge Symphonic Winds

Next Concert: Saturday 22nd September 2018
City Church, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD
Conductor: Anne Templer

The programme will be a mixture of showpieces and lighter music to include:

  • Johan de Meij, Echoes of San Marco
  • Gordon Jacob, Ballad for Band
  • Joseph Horovitz, Dance Suite
  • David Minchin, Heroes
  • Philip Sparke, Jubilee Overture
  • and many more!

Cambridge Symphonic Winds returns to give a performance of diverse and exciting works for symphonic wind ensemble.

Winner of the 30th Edition of the International Composition Competition in Corciano, Italy, Echoes of San Marco by Johan de Meij is a wonderfully atmospheric work based on Giovanni’s canzona for two four-part brass choirs, a clever development of the original and an evocative reflection of an Italian surroundings. Also originally for brass Philip Sparke’s Jubilee Overture was composed for the fiftieth anniversary of the GUS Brass Band in 1983, transcribed for wind band the following year. Opening with flourishing brass alternating with a gentle wind gentle chorale for winds, this is another atmospheric evocative work with singing melodies.

Gordon Jacob’s rarely-heard Ballad for Band draws on traditional music from the British Isles while Joseph Horovitz’s Dance Suite and Kenneth Hesketh’s Danceries use the tradition begun in the 17th century of linking dance movements to form suites. Here a modern twist produces colourful and lively sets from two of Britain’s most prolific and entertaining composers.

Cambridge’s own David Minchin composed Heroes in 2001 drawing on his 20th century Russian composer heroes as inspiration. This piece has been met with critical acclaim following performances at BASBWE and further afield internationally.

Founded in 2008, Cambridge Symphonic Winds is one of the area's most exciting and distinctive ensembles. A symphonic wind orchestra brings together the vibrant and diverse sounds of over forty different woodwind, brass and percussion instruments to fantastic effect. The group aims to stage first class concerts featuring the very best works for this kind of ensemble, creating a unique musical experience for listeners from Cambridge and beyond.

Tickets for the concert cost £14 and free for under 18s.


Audience responses to our recent concerts

  • awesome!!
  • Brilliant concert - wonderful variety
  • I have never been to a wind orchestra performance before. I loved it and will definitely be back.
Review in Cambridge Tab