The National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great
“Those who know the National Youth Wind Ensemble will
have long since realised that under this banner the word ‘youth’
cannot be used disparagingly: in fact it suggests that the members each
have a long and illustrious career in front of them.
The standard, as exemplified on this CD, can be regarded as
Martin Kier Glover:
Review in the April 2014 issue of the quarterly journal Tempo,
on NYWE’s CD “Wind Music of Philip Grange”.
“The performance [of ‘Cloud Atlas’] demonstrates
consummate skill and musicianship from the players, who make this
challenging work sound as easy to play as a Sousa march.”
Review in the Dec 2013 issue of WASBE
World, on the “Wind Music of Philip Grange” CD.
“One of the finest wind ensembles in the world.”
timreynish.com September 2007
“A performance of remarkable collective virtuosity
and outstanding musicianship that augurs extremely well for the future
careers of these talented young players.”
Review in the October 2009 issue of Tempo,
on the world premiere performance of Cloud
Atlas at the 2009 Cheltenham Music Festival
“A professionalism unique in the UK and I would guess
Review in the September 2007 issue of the WASBE Journal
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The National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain, conducted by Phillip
Scott, is a one-player-per-part wind ensemble of about 40 players which
has established an enviable international reputation since its foundation
in 1998. The group specialises
in the performance of music which has appeared during the last thirty
years, although music of earlier eras is also performed.
NYWE regularly commissions
important composers, most recently Philip Grange, Joseph Phibbs, Chiu-Yu
Chou, Jacques Cohen, Anthony Bailey and Michael Torke.
In July 2009, NYWE gave the world premiere of Philip Grange’s Cloud
Atlas at the Cheltenham Music Festival, a major work which went on to
win a 2010 British Composer Award.
2000: Appearance at the BBC
Proms Millennium Youth Day at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast live on
2003: Concert given for the
11th International WASBE Conference in Jönköping, Sweden, with
percussion soloist Colin Currie.
2007: Concert given for the
13th International WASBE Conference in Killarney, Ireland, with clarinet
soloist Sarah Williamson.
2009: Concert given for the
2009 Cheltenham Music Festival.
2011: East Asia Tour –
Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macau, including concerts given for the 15th
International WASBE Conference in Chiayi City, Taiwan, and for the Macau
Band Directors’ Association. Huw
Morgan: soloist in Richard Rodney Bennett’s Concerto for Trumpet and
latest CD, “Wind Music of Philip Grange”, was released on the
Prima Facie label in 2013.
anglais; Clarinet (Bb, Eb, alto, bass, contrabass); Bassoon/Contrabassoon;
Saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone); French horn; Trumpet/Cornet;
Trombone; Bass trombone; Euphonium; Tuba; Percussion.
Recent repertoire has
from “West Side Story” – Leonard Bernstein, arr. Lavender
Short Ride in a Fast Machine – John Adams, arr. Odom
Emblems – Aaron Copland
Dream Carousels – Anthony Gilbert
Omaggio – Michael Ball (performed live on BBC Radio 3)
Diaghilev Dances – Kenneth Hesketh
The Spiralling Night – Joseph Phibbs (NYWE commission, world
premiere in Killarney, Ireland, 2007; shortlisted for the 2008 British
Atlas – Philip Grange (NYWE commission, world premiere in Cheltenham,
UK, 2009; winner of the Wind Band/Brass Band category in the 2010 British
Dream Sun on the Sea – Chiu-Yu Chou (NYWE commission, premiere
performances during the East Asia Tour, July 2011).
In Ictu Oculi (Three Meditations) for Wind Orchestra – Kenneth Hesketh (World