Oxford University Wind Orchestra

The Oxford University Wind Orchestra gives a large number of talented woodwind, brass and percussion players from across the University the opportunity to perform in a successful, friendly ensemble. The orchestra performs at least once per term in the University Church and has recently toured the US (visiting Ivy League Universities along the east coast). 

OUWO is run and conducted entirely by students. Our current conductor is Chris O'Leary, a second year music student, choral scholar, horn player and conductor from Christ Church college.

The Oxford University Wind Orchestra returns following a hugely successful Scottish-themed concert alongside their Cambridge counterparts last term.

2nd March, 8pm, University Church (High Street, Oxford)

OUWO invite you on a voyage of discovery with ‘Winds of the World’, showcasing landmark works and international inspirations in the Symphonic Wind repertoire from across the globe.

Setting off from Scotland with Arnold’s thrilling realisation of Robert Burn’s Tam o’Shanter, both orchestra and audience will dance through Shakespeare’s Illyria, marvel at Copland’s musical landscapes and experience Grainger’s pride in his homeland of Australia, with the traditional South Korean melody Arirang also making a succession of unique appearances in Barnes Chance’s Variations on a Korean Folk Song.

Paul Creston’s electric Alto Saxophone Concerto, composed in the wake of the ‘saxophone craze’ of the 1920s, will be performed by this term’s concerto competition winner, Katie Bunney (former Principal Saxophone – National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain).

Finally, our journey ends in Spain, where the experience of rich and varied traditions of song and dance from across the globe culminates with an Iberian twist in Serge Lancen’s immense work, the Symphonie Iberique.

Conductor: Chris O’Leary
Assistant Conductor: Rose Campion
Soloist: Katie Bunney

OUWO is affiliated to OUMS, the Oxford University Music Society, and many of our members also perform in one or more of the other OUMS ensembles. For more information on the great work that OUMS does for music in Oxford see their website, www.oums.org.

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