ABOUT

 

Maidstone Wind Symphony is widely regarded as one of the United Kingdom's finest wind orchestras.

The Orchestra was founded by Brendon Le Page in 1998, and since then its Music Directors have included Jeremy Cooper and Jonathan Crowhurst, the current Music Director, appointed in 2010.

Under the baton of Jonathan Crowhurst the Orchestra has greatly expanded its repertoire and championed new music for wind orchestra. Premieres of leading composers, include works by Peter Graham, Johan de Meij, Frank Ticheli, Nigel Clarke, Jeff Tyzik, Philip Sparke, Peter Meechan, Andy Scott, Ferrer Ferran and Bert Appermont.

Maidstone Wind Symphony is resident at All Saints Church in Maidstone, where it gives around six concerts each season.

Maidstone Wind Symphony made its debut recording Slide Projections in 2012. The recording features renowned trombonist Brett Baker, performing contemporary concertos by Rob Wiffin, Johan De Meij and Philip Sparke and also includes Jan Van Der Roost’s Canterbury Chorale. The disc was released to critical acclaim and is available on CD and to download.

In summer 2014 the Orchestra was invited to take part in the inaugural National Concert Band Symposium in Canterbury, a new organisation devoted to the promotion and development of the wind orchestra. MWS are currently National Concert Band Champions having won the NCBS in 2015 with a performance of John Mackey's Wine-Dark Sea, Symphony for Band conducted by Tom Davoren.

Maidstone Wind Symphony is committed to inspiring the next generation through its Masterclass series and education projects. The Orchestra has a long association with Maidstone Youth Music Society, this partnership forms a strategy for long term development.

 

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