RNCM Wind Orchestra


The Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra is recognised as one of the leading conservatoire ensembles in the world. Through a unique series of concerts, commissions, broadcasts and over 30 professional recordings, the RNCM Wind Orchestra has transformed the repertoire and performance standards of wind ensemble music.

The RNCM Wind Orchestra was the first conservatoire ensemble to be invited to perform at the BBC Promenade Concerts, and has also performed at Festivals such as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, Lichfield, Spitalfields, Malvern and Three Choirs, as well as festivals in Holland, Japan, Switzerland and Poland.

The Orchestra has commissioned and given world premieres of major works by composers including Sir Malcolm Arnold, David Bedford, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Berkeley, Judith Bingham, Martin Butler, Gary Carpenter, John Casken, Nigel Clarke, Martin Ellerby, Anthony Gilbert, Adam Gorb, Edward Gregson, Kenneth Hesketh, David Horn, Gordon Jacob, Stephen McNeff and Geoffrey Poole as well as dozens of UK premieres.

In 2000, the RNCM was presented with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for the College’s outstanding and pioneering work with the Wind Orchestra. Queen Elizabeth II presented former RNCM Principal Edward Gregson and Timothy Reynish with the award at a special awards ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

They gave the UK premiere of Stockhausen’s Lucifer’s Dance as the grand finale of a major Stockhausen retrospective at the Royal Festival Hall in London and have since been invited to perform at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference in Cincinnati, USA and the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland.