Guy Woolfenden’s wind band scores are widely recognised as appealing and memorable to conductors, players and audiences alike. With his imaginative orchestration and the wit and pathos of the magical Shakespearean influences, Guy’s music is enormously popular all over the world and, once heard, lives within us forever.
I was privileged to be there at the very first performance of Gallimaufry in 1983 at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Guy’s music immediately communicated with me and I’ve been a keen advocate of his compositions for wind band ever since. As Music Director of Birmingham Symphonic Winds, I was delighted when Guy accepted my invitation to become the orchestra’s Patron in 1996 and his support over the years has been invaluable. BSW has been delighted to commission and premiere three pieces – Curtain Call, Firedance and Divertimento for Band and the orchestra has enjoyed many rehearsals and performances with Guy as conductor.
In celebration of Guy’s lifetime of music-making, Birmingham Symphonic Winds are attempting a World Record by performing all 14 of Guy Woolfenden’s pieces for wind band in one concert on Sunday 24th May at 3.00pm.
Guy’s music is known and played around the world and we are keen to make this year a celebration of his contribution to music. We are therefore inviting bands across the world to get involved by organising a Woolfenden work read-through, rehearsal, workshop or concert.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Music Director, Birmingham Symphonic Winds www.bsw.org.uk
Director, National Concert Band Festival www.ncbf.info
Conductor, Solihull Youth Wind Orchestra www.solihullmusicservice.wordpress.com