Recordings of performances on CD / BLU-RAY

Birmingham Symphonic Winds prides itself on its quality and variety of programming, with a strong dedication to the creation and performance of contemporary works for wind orchestra. As part of an ambitious five-year project Birmingham Symphonic Winds has commissioned works including The Canticle of The Sun for solo percussion and wind ensemble by Martin Ellerby (2006), Divertimento by Guy Woolfenden (2007), Shakespeare Pictures by Nigel Hess (2008) and Second City Ceremony by Philip Sparke (2010). The final new work in this unique commissioning programme, the eagerly awaited Danceries II by Kenneth Hesketh, received its World première in Birmingham on 9 April 2011 alongside the other four commissions in the series.


Whirlegig - Kenneth Hesketh/ Serenade Op.22 - Derek Bourgeois/ Curtain Call - Guy Woolfenden/ With Quiet Courage - Larry Daehn/ Flute Concerto - Mike Mower: Juliette Bausor, flute/ Promenade (Walking the Dog) - George Gershwin/ The Ringing Isle - Jonathan Dove/ Singin' in the Rain - Nacio Herb Brown


Yosemite Autumn - Mark Camphouse/ The Shepherd's Song - French Traditional/ Bohemian dances - Guy Woolfenden/ The Canticle of the Sun - Martin Ellerby: Simone Rebello, percussion/ West Side Story: Symphonic Dances - Leonard Bernstein/ Les Metropolitains - Ulrich Schultheiss/ Ave Maria - Franz Biebl/ Gershwin! - George Gershwin/ The Seasons - Philip Sparke/ Anything Goes - Cole Porter

Classical Winds, Vol. 1, Featuring Concert Band Arrangements By Paul Noble.

Album released Aug 05, 2013 on the Arabesque Recordings label ans also available on iTunes. [view in iTunes]



1.  Prelude and Fugue (The Spitfire) - William Walton

2.  London Salute - Philip Lane

3. - 8.  Suite of Cotswold Folkdances - Philip Lane

9. - 11. Partita - John Rutter

12.  Holiday Mood - Matthew Curtis

13.  Aubade Joyeuse - Philip Lane

14. - 16.  Behold, Go Forth and Be Joyful! - John Rutter

17.  Prelude to Richard III - William Walton

On Sunday 24th May 2015, recorded live at the RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, a celebration of wind band music by Guy Woolfenden O.B.E.


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