Yorkshire Wind Orchestra

2007 Events

Christmas festivities

9th December 2007

In tribute to the festive season, some of the YWO players have been taking part in Christmas festivals across the region to raise some extra funds for the orchestra.

Christmas Sax in Hillsborough

You might have spotted our Christmas stalls at recent fairs in Malton and Leeds and heard a sax quintet playing in the Hillsborough Park Walled Garden on Sunday 9th December, bringing some Christmas cheer to Santa's greenhouse grotto!

Also for those last minute shoppers in Leeds, you can catch four more of our sax players in Leeds City Centre on 23rd December between 1:30pm and 3:30pm in Central Square (outside WHSmith, weather permitting).

Christmas will soon be upon us!

3rd October 2007

Yorkshire Christmas Cards
Yorkshire Christmas Cards

The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra now have their own traditional Yorkshire Christmas cards available to buy.

Two different packs are available, each containing 10 cards of one design with envelopes.

Keith Melling has kindly allowed us to reproduce his stunning Yorkshire scenes in these two beautiful Christmas designs, "A Dales Winter, Kettlewell" and "A Yorkshire Christmas".

Celebrate Christmas with your friends and family and also help the orchestra to raise vital funds. All cards are left blank inside for your own message.

YWO Grand Prize Draw 2007

27th June 2007

YWO Grand Prize Draw

Today saw the delivery of 5,000 grand prize draw tickets, to start our energetic Summer fund-raising for the YWO.

A lovely selection of donated prizes make up a fantastic opportunity for 11 lucky winners to walk away with a valuable prize, while helping to support the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra.

The draw will take place at our Autumnal Concert at Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds on Sunday 18th November. Prize draw tickets are now available from all YWO players and by contacting Amanda through our contact form.

See further information about our Prize Draw for a full list of prizes.

Champagne Summer Classics

16th June 2007

Champagne Summer Classics at Beningbrough Hall

The English Summer can be fickle at the best of times, but Lady Luck was on our side for the National Trust's prestigious Champagne Summer Classics, held in the walled garden of Beningbrough Hall, York.

After a week of heavy rain and localised flooding, the skies cleared and the lawns dried for a lovely, dry, summer evening's entertainment.

Champagne Summer Classics at Beningbrough Hall

The light programme of classical music took the audience on a tour of the West End, with selections from musicals such as Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera, interspersed with the music of Arthur Sullivan in Pineapple Poll, Rossini's William Tell and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances.

Tomlinson's Suite of English Folk Dances and Coates' Dam Busters March brought along a definite Englishness to the occasion. As we were performing in one of Yorkshire's finest gardens we couldn't forget Percy Grainger's quirky Country Gardens too!

Champagne Summer Classics at Beningbrough Hall

The tribute to the English summer continued with Pomp and Circumstance (No. 1) and the obligatory 1812 Overture, which was only slightly marred by the fact that earlier thunderclaps decided not to join us (in place of canon fire); which, on reflection, was a good thing!

It really was a truly enjoyable evening of beautiful music in lovely surroundings, washed down with a glass of bubbly and fresh organic strawberries picked on the day from the Beningbrough Hall Gardens. The event was jointly promoted by the National Trust and sponsored by Vision Express.

Ranmoor Music Festival

16th May 2007

Ranmoor May Music Festival 2007

Despite the poor weather and mid-week performance in Ranmoor's May Music Festival (held at Ranmoor's beautiful St John's Church, Sheffield), the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra put on a very enjoyable evening concert on 16th May.

The audience were treated to a selection of traditional wind ensemble music which was brought to life by the orchestra's skilled and musical interpretation and the church's wonderful acoustic. Two of Holst's Suites (First Suite in Eb and his later A Moorside Suite), contrasted with the evocative French sounds from Milhaud's Suite Francaise and Ellerby's Paris-influenced Paris Sketches. The evening's finale, Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, left a resounding flourish in the air which brought the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra's first Sheffield appearance to a fitting end.

We are grateful to a number of local supporters who either advertised their business with us in our evening concert programme or donated raffle prizes to help raise money for the YWO.

Off to a flying start

23rd April 2007

Joint Concert at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

The YWO's first concert for 2007 was a fantastic opportunity to see the YWO and Wakefield Grammar School Foundation Concert Band performing together at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield.

A private afternoon masterclass was attended by the whole of the student band and was very well received. Keiron (supported by a large number of the YWO players) provided expert tuition to the students who made tremendous progress with some difficult music in a short space of time.

The evening concert gave over 90 talented musicians the chance to produce a phenominal sound in the school's Queens Hall. The programme was varied, with some pieces being performed jointly and others being played by each group in turn. The evening was a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable start to the 2007 season.

We are grateful to a number of local supporters who either advertised their business with us in our evening concert programme or donated raffle prizes to help raise money for the YWO.

YWO wins a Barnsley Building Society Community Award

26th March 2007

Receiving the Barnsley Building Society Pride in Your Community Award

Amanda Woodhouse, YWO manager receiving the award from Barry Eldred, Barnsley Building Society Chairman

Barnsley Building Society have recognised the contribution that the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra make to the local community by awarding the orchestra a "Pride in Your Community" award.

The society's award has been established to reward the efforts of individuals and groups who strive to make their own and others' lives and environments better.

The generous award has been injected into the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra's percussion fund to cover the costs of a new orchestral-grade glockenspiel.

Amanda Woodhouse, the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra's manager, commented:
"We are honoured that the Barnsley Building Society has recognised the unique efforts of the YWO and has decided to help support our orchestra in this way. On behalf of the YWO, I would like to thank the Barnsley Building Society for supporting us and awarding us with their award. I would also like to personally thank the staff for their kind hospitality at the presentation lunch."

Yorkshire charity cards for sale

9th March 2007

Yorkshire Scenes 1 Cards

The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra now have some traditional Yorkshire greetings cards available to buy in the orchestra's online shop.

Each pack contains 4 cards and envelopes featuring two designs, "Yorkshire Sheep" and "Littondale" and are left blank inside for your own message.

Whether it's for a birthday, anniversary, thank you or just to remind someone special that you care, why not send a piece of Yorkshire to someone you know and help your favourite orchestra at the same time? Every sale helps fund the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra.

YWO Box Office now open!

21st February 2007

Buy tickets now

You can now book tickets to many of the orchestra's concerts from the comfort of your own home. The YWO online Box Office is open 24-hours a day so book your tickets now!

Donation from The Nationwide Building Society

20th February 2007

Orchestral Tam-Tam

Wakefield's own branch of The Nationwide Building Society located on The Springs, have supported the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra by donating money to the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra's percussion fund. The Nationwide Building Society's kind donation has enabled the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra to purchase a much needed orchestral tam-tam.

Amanda Woodhouse, the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra's manager, commented:
"I would like to thank the Nationwide Building Society for their donation which allows us to buy a brand new Tam-Tam. I would also like to thank our contact at the Nationwide Building Society in Wakefield, Ann Hudson, as without her help and support none of this would have been possible. Thank you!".

Join our mailing list

15th February 2007

To keep up-to-date with the latest news from the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra, you can now sign up to our mailing list to receive regular YWO newsletters.

Simply enter your email address and the surname of our conductor in the verification box and we will include you on our mailings. You can unsubscribe at any time. Also, refer to our privacy policy.

Calling all musicians

7th February 2007

If you are a wind musician or percussionist in the Yorkshire region and would like to be part of the YWO, please register your interest with us.

Donation from The Blakemore Foundation

4th January 2007

The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra have today received a cheque for its percussion fund from The Blakemore Foundation. The Blakemore Foundation is a community fund that represents at least one per cent of A F Blakemore and Son Limited's overall profits.

Amanda Woodhouse, the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra's manager, commented:
"I would like to pass on the group's thanks to A F Blakemore and Son Limited, whose donation to our percussion fund has meant we can now purchase a much-needed percussion stand".

Yorkshire Wind Orchestra Percussion Fund

21st December 2006


We have set up The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra Percussion Fund to raise the 12,000 needed to purchase a full set of orchestral percussion.

The orchestra only has access to a limited selection of percussion for practice purposes which means that the orchestra has to restrict the repertoire it can perform to a high standard.

If you would like to help, please read more about our Percussion Fund.

Let your business support the YWO

6th December 2006

We have a range of sponsorship and advertising opportunities available to businesses across the Yorkshire region. These include advertising on our concert series brochures, in our concert programmes and also on our website.

Please get in touch for further information or if you want to support the YWO.

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