A Grand Celebration of the World of Wind Music

Thursday 29 March 12

Flute Flngers

The weekend of the 24th and 25th marked a special two days in the year's calendar for SUWO. Not only was the 25th our second concert of the year, but we combined forced with Manchester University Wind Orchestra (MUWO) to deliver A Celebration of the World of Wind Music in front of a near capacity crowd at the University of Sheffield's Firth Hall, featuring esteemed guests such as the Mayor of Sheffield, Master Cutler, Head of the Music Department & the three composers of the new works in the programme.

The concert opened spectacularly with Peter Graham's Windows of the World, performed by both bands under the Manchester conductor Andy Gregory. The piece not not only showed the musicality of both bands, but also the individual talents of a number of soloists, most notably Sheffield's Blake Hemingway who delivered a fantastic drum solo cadenza towards the close of the piece.

MUWO (Andy Gregory conducting) performed a programme of pieces to showcase their work and talent and delivered brilliant performances of S.P.Q.R. (Woolfenden), Dragon Dance (Stubbs) and Pines of the Appian Way (Respighi, arr. Young).

SUWO's programme (Tony Houghton conducting) was dominated by the premieres of three new pieces. Peter Meechan, for who SUWO had recorded several of his works before this concert, was in attendance to hear his clarinet concerto Burn performed by Linda Merrick. Martin Ellerby was also in attendance for the European premiere of his new work A Soliloquy for Solferino . The third premiere was Folk Song Suite by SUWO's own George Morton. The rest of the programme included Overture for the Mayors of Barton (Hedges) and Ides March (Bermel)(conducted by Gareth Widdowson).

The concert concluded with Tails aus den Vood Viennoise (Connor), performed by both bands under the baton of Tony Houghton.

SUWO and MUWO are hoping to collaborate in the future to deliver another concert featuring both bands.


© Widdowson & Hemingway 2016