We are a group of friendly, enthusiastic musicians based in East Finchley, North London. Founded in 1998 by Stephen Kersley and Stuart Allen (SWON’s conductor at the time) with a start-up grant from Barnet Council, we have now been producing varied and exciting music for two decades for the interest and enjoyment of the local community. Our current membership comprises around 50 musicians and our musical director and conductor is Matthew Hardy.
In addition to giving three concerts per season, we also take part in the National Concert Band Festival on an annual basis, and have been presented with gold awards for three years running; in 2014, 2015 and 2016. We have also been fortunate to enjoy working closely with other wind orchestras from London and Italy as an inaugural member of the London Wind Orchestra Festival.
Aside from performing regularly in North London, we enjoy taking our music further afield. Past tours have included concerts in Antwerp in 2007 and Reims in 2013. Most recently, we travelled to Liverpool in July 2017 and we are planning another UK tour at the end of June 2018.
SWON is keen to nurture young composing talent, and as such held a ‘Young Composers’ Competition’ in 2013. We were rewarded with three outstanding pieces of repertoire that formed the backbone of our 2015/16 concert season.https://canadian-pharmacy24-7.com
We are committed to producing high quality and enjoyable performances both for our members and the local community, whilst being accessible to all who wish to be involved.