The National Children’s Wind Sinfonia (NCWS) is conducted by Gill Bathurst. Youthful exuberance and the sheer joy of music making is the trade mark of this lively group. As with the NCWO, no compromise is made for lack of age and experience. Rehearsals are purposeful and informative, applying the best principles of good wind, brass and percussion playing to prepare these young players for their exciting end-of-course concert and their continuing development through the NCWO organisation in future years.

Recent repertoire includes:

Skyrider – Paul Hart
Third Suite – Jager
Sun Dance – Tichelli
The Carnival of the Insects – Fraser
English Folk Song Suite – Vaughan Williams
2nd Suite for Military Band – Holst
Finnegan’s Wake – Potter
Beyond the Horizon – Tracey O Behrman
Celtic Ritual – John Higgins
Fairground Suite – Stuart Johnson
Chorale and Shaker Dance – John P Zdechlik

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; Percussion.

Standard required: Grade 5 upwards