KEW WIND ORCHESTRA

The Orchestra

The multi award-winning Kew Wind Orchestra is one of Britain's top non-professional wind orchestras.

Renowned for its popular and challenging repertoire of symphonic, classical and jazz music, the band performs under the baton of conductor Matthew Willis. It has played in top venues around the country including St John's, Smith Square in London, the Birmingham Conservatoire and The Sage, Newcastle. In recent years the band has toured to France, Spain, Holland, Malta, Germany and Slovakia.

KWO is proud to have won a succession of platinum awards at the National Concert Band finals, commissioned a number of world premieres and performed with leading soloists including LSO Principal Trumpet Phil Cobb and Louise Marshall, a member of Jools Holland's band.

The band rehearses every Thursday in Richmond, South West London and is always on the lookout for talented and committed new players.

Our History

Formed in 1984, it is renowned for its popular and challenging repertoire of jazz, classical and symphonic music. In recent years, the band is proud to have won a succession of platinum awards at the National Concert Band Festival finals and performed with some of the UK's leading musicians. It has played in top concert venues around the country - including Newcastle's The Sage and Westminster's St John's, Smith Square - and has performed in a number of major European capital cities.

The orchestra has also been honoured to commission and perform world premieres of works by acclaimed composers Derek Bourgeois, Michael Omer and Eddie Harvey. Guest soloists who have performed with the orchestra include clarinetist Linda Merrick, London Philharmonic Orchestra trombonist Mark Templeton and London Symphony Orchestra's principal trumpet Phil Cobb. The band is honoured to have recorded two CDs featuring world-class guest soloists including internationally acclaimed trumpeter Rex Richardson, Black Dyke's euphonium Dave Thornton, Bones Apart trombonist Becky Smith and singer Louise Marshall - a member of Jools Holland's band.

KWO enjoys a thriving diary of concerts, foreign tours and social events. The band, conducted by Matthew Willis, is an entirely self-supporting community band and was awarded an Arts for All Lottery Grant in 2001.