Wakefield Orchestral Wind

News Archive

Play Day 21st March 2015

This is our main event to celebrate our 25th anniversary. An invitation is open to people who are not current members to come along and play with us for the day!

8th October 2014 - 25 years!

WOW is 25 years old next year and we are planning a couple of special events to celebrate! More information to follow...

6th April 2013 - Facebook

One of our flautists, Kate, has set up a Facebook page for the band!

29th June 2013 - No rain at Camphill

This year we didn't have a cloudburst in the middle of our performance! Also, the tree next to the conservatory has grown and cast a bigger shadow so we weren't fried to a crisp. See our Facebook page for photos.

13th July 2013 - Ossett Gala

A hot and sunny morning in Ossett playing for the start of the Ossett Gala! Lee was unavailable so our thanks go to John Turnbull for conducting!

20th November 2013 - 'Tis the season...

The band are all organised and ready for Christmas with some new folders especially for Christmas music! We will be playing our usual Christmas concert for Camphill Pennine Community in December.


23rd April 2012 - Evening concert in Wakefield

On Saturday night (21st) the band played to an audience at West Wakefield Methodist Church. We played a varied programme of music  including traditional marches, selections from shows and films and pop songs. Thank you to the audience for supporting us and to the church for inviting us to play. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and we hope to be able to play for you again!


Our conductor for the concert was Alex Wilkinson who has kindly been standing in for the last few weeks whilst we looked for a permanent conductor. Our sincere thanks go to Alex for helping us out, but we probably won't miss the bad jokes!


We now look forward to Thursday when we will have our first rehearsal with our new conductor Lee Muncaster.

2nd February 2012 - Garry Departs WOW

WOW would like to wish our conductor, Garry Hallas, all the best for the future. Garry is taking up a fantastic conducting opportunity elsewhere and he goes with our good wishes and praise. We thoroughly enjoyed being under his guidance and know that his new band will certainly benefit from working with him.


Garry commented ""I have enjoyed working with you all, the musicianship and dedication shown by everyone is fantastic. I would like to wish you all, the very best for your music making in the future.""


Good luck Garry, you will be missed by all at WOW!


8th December 2011 - Camphill Festivities

As usual, the band's annual Christmas concert for the residents at Camphill in Wakefield went down a treat! The band played a variety of Christmas pieces and some others from well-known film soundtracks such as Pirates of the Caribbean. The students also sang several Christmas carols.


The band later retired to the local pub at Newmillerdam before going their separate ways. We will reconvene in the New Year and start rehearsing for the concert in April.

6th October 2011 - New conductor appointed

Wakefield Orchestral Wind are pleased to announce that Garry Hallas is to be their new conductor. Garry came to audition in September and the band chose him above the other candidates for the job. Garry comes with plenty of experience as he also conducts the Emley Brass Band. He is enthusiastic and keen to work with us.


Garry said ""I very much look forward to working with WOW, and think together we could move the band forward and push the standard yet further, build a bigger balanced team and take on some new interesting musical challenges. Hopefully we will have a lot of fun whilst doing it"".

15th April 2011 - Raising money for WOW

Wakefield Orchestral Wind have signed up with www.easyfundraising.org.uk, an innovative website where thousands of people are raising money for charities every time they shop.


By using easyfundraising to access over 2000 well known retailers, savvy shoppers generate a free donation for the good cause of their choice. And as donations can be as much as 15% of the purchase price, the band are really hoping local people will log on and support them.


To support the band, visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wakefieldow and follow the instructions.

24th February 2011 - New Year, New Members

The band would like to welcome several new players who have joined us recently. Paul on tenor sax, Janet on flute, Carl on french horn, and Alison on clarinet.

27th June 2010 - Hot Horbury Show

The band played at a hot and sunny Horbury Show for the second year running. We played two slots in the afternoon near the main arena and were well-received by the crowds.


3rd July 2010 - Camphill Summer Fair

Our regular concert at the Camphill Pennine Community went well in the glorious sunshine. It certainly gets warm on the terrace! The sandwiches and drinks were much appreciated in our interval.


26th August  2010 - Retirement

The band is sad to say goodbye to Winifred Steele, who is retiring from the band after many years service as a player. We would liketo thank her for being the band's librarian over many years.

11th July 2009 - Ossett Gala

The band finished off their summer season by playing at the Ossett Gala on 11th July - just a stone's throw from their rehearsal room. Last year we only played for about 20 minutes, but the organisers invited us back to play for longer this year! A wide variety of pieces were played from classical to marches, and pop to the shows. This year, it did not rain on us - perhaps because we didn't play The Thunderer.


The previous weekend saw the band play at another regular venue - Camphill Pennine Community in Chapelthorpe.


We are now rehearsing new music ready for Christmas and next year's concerts.

28th June 2009 - Horbury Show

Wakefield Orchestral Wind played at a packed Horbury Show in Carr Lodge Park on Sunday, on one of the hottest days of the year. The band played two slots with a break in between. A gazebo provided some much-needed shade! Other entertainment at the show included Punch & Judy, falconry, and a dog show. We shared the gazebo with Horbury Victoria Silver Band who played both before us and in between our two slots. We are grateful for the use of their music stands as it saved us from having to put ours up and take them down!


25th July 2008 - Long serving bass clarinet player retires

Phillip Stevens, a dedicated member of WOW for many years, has recently retired from the band. Phil started to learn to play as an adult. He joined originally on clarinet before changing to bass clarinet. He will be missed for his humour, wisdom and loyalty to the band.

19th July 2008 - Ossett Gala

Wakefield Orchestral Wind braved the elements of the British summer to open the 19th Ossett Gala on Saturday 19th July. The band found a window of sunshine to play Semper Fidelis, Mack The Knife, Out Of The Ocean, Folk Song Suite and Beyond The Sea. Then, with the rain starting to fall, finished quite appropriately with The Thunderer!

22nd December 2007 - Wakefield Orchestral Wind "WOW"s Christmas shoppers

"Wakefield Orchestral Wind recently rounded off 2007 by ""WOW""ing Christmas shoppers in the Ridings Shopping Centre in Wakefield. Money generously donated by the shoppers has boosted band funds and will allow the band to increase its repertoire.


Earlier in 2007, WOW appealed for new members and we were delighted when three new players joined our ranks, Katie Lazenby on flute, Amy MacLauchlan on french horn and Matthew Davies on alto saxophone. They've all settled in well and have quickly become valued members of the group.


The New Year has also seen the arrival of Emma Bird joining on clarinet. Emma is a welcome addition to our clarinet section.


Our group includes musicians from all walks of life and amongst our new members we have a biologist, a teacher, a doctor and a concept technologist in a local bakery and they originate from many different parts of England including Bolton, Northumberland, Wakefield and Leeds.


The band still has vacancies, particularly in the brass section, and if you are interested in joining please do contact us.


The year ahead looks very promising for the band and it is hoped to increase the number of performances as well as our repertoire and membership."