The University of Warwick Wind Orchestra is one of the largest wind groups in the country and players of all standards are welcome to join with no audition required. The ensemble is organised as a Society of the Students' Union and is run entirely by a student committee with the help of the Music Centre. Wind, brass, percussion and double bass players are unauditioned. Despite the open nature of this society, it achieves very high standards, attaining Silver, Gold and Platinum awards on a regular basis at the regional and national festivals. The Orchestra is conducted by the Director of Music and student conductors chosen from the ensemble.
Classical to contemporary, including lighter and more popular works.
Monday evenings, 18:00 - 20:30 in term-time. There is a strong emphasis on the social life with gatherings after the weekly rehearsal every Monday evening and regular evening events held locally.
Recent tours have included locations such as Scotland, Strasbourg, Salzburg, Munich , Reims (including outings to Luxembourg and Disneyland Paris), Germany, Holland Prague & Budapest with the Brass Society.
Concerts are performed throughout the year in venues ranging from the prestigious Butterworth Hall on campus and Symphony Hall, Birmingham, to the more intimate Holy Trinity Church, Coventry and the Students' Union, as well as other venues, both inside and outdoors in the local area. Concerts have been performed with professional musicians such as the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, Simon Hogg on trombone, and with Bob Sherman as narrator of Pioneer 10 (a rock musical for wind orchestra and chorus).