Yorkshire Wind Orchestra

2011 Events

Altrincham Choral Society collaboration

19th November 2011

Altrincham Choral Society collaboration

The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra were invited to perform at the Royal Northern College of Music, joining forces with the Altrincham Choral Society conducted by Steven Roberts for both The Armed Man and Hidas' Requiem, a beautiful choral work scored for choir and wind orchestra.

This Hungarian work was written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the British premiere of which was performed by the Yorkshire Wind Orchesta almost exactly 12 years ago.

Another sold out performance ended the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra 2011 concert season on a high.

SingLive collaboration

13th November 2011

A Musical Tribute to Percy Grainger

The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra performed a collaborative Remembrance Sunday concert with SingLive at The Monastery, conducted by Steven Roberts. Another performance of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins and other songs and hymns that were recently heard at Leeds Armouries were performed again to a very appreciative and emotional sold out audience in the lovely venue at Gorton.

Autumn Concert

15th October 2011

The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra returned to Sheffield to perform their Autumn 2011 Concert at St Marks Church in Broomhill.

Unfortunately the temperature in the St Marks Church matched the weather outside, however despite this hiccup the very small audience were appreciative and all enjoyed an evening of wind music.

The Armed Man

Sunday 11th September 2011

The Armed Man

Sunday 11th September marked the tenth anniversary of the day when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in 2001. To remember the victims and the heros who died trying to save them, the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra and SingLive dedicated a performance of The Armed Man to all those affected on that day.

The collaborative concert conducted by Steven Roberts was performed to an almost full capacity audience and was held at The Royal Armouries in Leeds and included other hymns and songs performed by the orchestra and also jointly with choir.

A Musical Tribute to Percy Grainger

23rd July 2011

A Musical Tribute to Percy Grainger

Concert goers in Ilkley enjoyed a treat when Keiron Anderson brought the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra to St Margaret's Church for A Musical Tribute to Percy Grainger.

This orchestral concert was extra special with its varied programme of classical music by the eccentric, brilliant, quirky and fun Australian composer Percy Grainger.

Although his name may not be familiar to everybody, Percy's beautifully crafted arrangement of Danny Boy was brought to the fore in the film Brassed Off and his well known ditty Country Gardens is instantly recognisable to all as the children's favourite In an English Country Garden.

But Grainger's skill and creative flair for composition doesn't stop there. He was an avid collector of folk songs and his original works are often influenced by simple melodies that are woven together with great care and affection, many of which have become key works in the orchestral wind repertoire.

Grainger's clever musical arrangements always carry his characterful and intense wit, which the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra brought to life under the expert direction of Keiron Anderson.

The programme included Country Gardens, Lincolnshire Posy, Molly on the Shore, Blithe Bells, Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon, Children's March, Irish Tune from Country Derry and many more with the concert being a very fitting tribute to the 50th anniversary of the end of Percy's life.

St Olaves, York

Saturday 21st May 2011

Concert at St Olaves church, York

Players from the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra arrived at Britain's favourite small city and before meeting for rehearsal some spent time enjoying the big attractions such as York Minster, the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Museum and others wandered round discovering the small snickleways off the cobbled streets.

At the bottom of the Museum Gardens lies the church of St Olave (pronounced Olive) where the YWO performed a varied selection of wind music to a small but very appreciative audience.

Included in the programme were some old favourites and some pieces which were performed for the first time by the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra. Composers such as Holst, Horovitz, Grainger, Whitacre and Hess all made an appearance in our Spring 2011 programme.

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