The National Children’s Wind Orchestra (NCWO) conducted by Jonathan Parkes. This wind orchestra is characterised by its musical flair and speed of learning new repertoire. No compromise is made for lack of age and experience. Standard works of the Wind Orchestra Repertoire are studied, ready for performances at the end of the Easter Course. The NCWO is proud to have commissioned a number of wind orchestra pieces which are now standard repertoire all over the world.

Recent repertoire includes:

Dance Sequence – Marco Potz
New World Dances to Martin Ellerby
Paris Sketches – Martin Ellerby
Festivo – Edward Gregson
English Folk Song Suite – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Band and Epitaph to Graham
Cat’s Tales – Peter Graham
Sleep – Eric Whitacre
Fiesta – Philip Sparke
Passacaglia – Timothy Jackson
Masque – Hesketh,
Evocations – Ellerby,
Cartoon – Hart,
Thames Journey & Global Variations – Hess (NCWO commissions), also East Coast Pictures
Blue Lake – Chance.
Lux Aurumque – Eric Whitacre
Yiddish Dances – Adam Gorb
Winter Dances – Fergal Carroll
Olympiada – Samuel Hazo
Dreamland – Michael Markowski

Instrumentation: Flute/Piccolo; Oboe/Cor Anglais; Clarinet; Bb, Eb, Alto, Bass, Contra Bass; Bassoon; Contra Bassoon; Saxophone; Alto, Tenor, Baritone; French Horn; Trumpet; Cornet; Trombone; Bass Trombone; Euphonium; Tuba; Timpani & Percussion.

Standard required: Grade 7 upwards