The Linden Wind Orchestra was founded in 1984 by Roger Phillips, and very quickly became established as one of South East England's foremost wind ensembles.
Since its formation, the LWO has performed at grand dinner functions and outdoor 'Proms in the Park' concerts, and has taken part in many high-profile fund-raising events. These include the World-Wide Fund for Nature, the Diabetic Association, the Save Guy's Hospital Campaign, the SEQUAL Trust, the National Meningitis Trust and Help the Aged.
We arrange and promote other concerts at St Andrew's Church, Surbiton, at the Vera Fletcher Hall in Thames Ditton and at St John's Church, Kingston.
Recent concerts have included 'An American Festival' at Vera Fletcher Hall and 'A Musical Christmas Festival' at St John's Church, Kingston. During Summer 2015 we played outdoor concerts at The Walled Gardens in Sunbury and Victoria Embankment Gardens.
In May 2011, the LWO was recorded by the BBC at the Maida Vale studios. The performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of its Light Fantastic Music Festival.
The Linden Wind Orchestra produced its first commercial recording (White Sands) in 2005, under studio conditions on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. It comprises a selection of well-known orchestral pieces including:
Popular film music ("Pirates of the Caribbean" and various spaghetti westerns by Morricone).
A Surrey Suite - Montague Phillips.
Tunbridge Fair - a contemporary piece by Walter Piston.
A traditional American folk song - Black is the Colour of my True Love's Hair.
Fanfare and Soliloquy - Trevor Sharpe.
Welcome the Queen - Sir Arthur Bliss, composed to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Members of the LWO are largely non-professional, although several professional musicians work regularly with the ensemble. Many players are drawn from the ranks of the music teaching profession, and all play to a high standard.
Following the untimely death of the orchestra's founder and first Director of Music, Roger Phillips, in January 2010, Tom Higgins was appointed LWO's Director of Music in October 2010. He held this position until August 2014 and in that time guided the orchestra through a number of successful and memorable performances.
From September 2014 to September 2015, the Linden Wind Orchestra were delighted to have David Smart as it's interim Conductor.
Following David we went through an audition process to select our new Director of Music. In September 2016 after a very worthwhile audition process we were excited to pronounce Matthew Scott Rogers as our new Director of Music and Adam Broughton as our new Associate DoM.
Matthew and Adam will be working closely together for our 2016/2017 concert season to make it the best yet!
For more information please contact us.