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  • AGM 2019 - Election of committee and trustees

    9 October 2019

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of the following members of the MWS management committee following our AGM:

    Executive Committee/Trustees

    • Russell Joyce - Chair
    • Sarah Wimsett - Deputy Chair
    • Kathryn Lakeland - Treasurer
    • Heather Pickard - Secretary
    • Breandan Knowlton - Band-elected/nominated trustee


    • John Bessell - Librarian
    • Sara Wallis - Transport Manager
    • Allen Ince - Assistant Transport Manager
    • Magdalene Joyce - Band Development Officer

    Vacant Positions

    We have a number of vacant posts on the committee and would welcome expressions of interest and applications for the following positions. New members can be co-opted at any time during the year.

    • Concerts Manager
    • Publicity and Marketing Manager
    • Social Co-ordinator
    • Fundraising Manager

    If you are interested in any of these positions, please email for an informal discussion and more information.

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  • Music Director Vacancy

    11 September 2019

    MWS is seeking a new Music Director. 

    The Committee is inviting expressions of interest an applications from prospective candidates who believe they are the right person to take up the baton and ensure MWS continues to develop its unique position, to pursue excellence, and to perform the innovative repertoire beloved of its musicians and audiences.

    Potential candidates must be able to demonstrate:

    • strong leadership skills, tenacity, and dependability
    • a mastery of technical musical skills and knowledge required to lead and conduct an award-wining wind ensemble
    • a strong strategist and visionary able to continue the development of an already hugely successful, award winning ensemble widely renowned for excellence
    • a deep understanding and experience of current musical trends and innovative wind ensemble repertoire
    • artistic vision and creative direction, including well-developed judgment, imagination, and instincts for musical interpretation
    • a commitment to crafting and delivering high-quality performances with a sense of occasion
    • a willingness to connect and collaborate with professional musicians for performances, recordings and educational opportunities
    • an ability to translate musical passion into well-coordinated, collaboratively designed programmes that appeal to MWS musicians and audiences alike whilst expanding the musical palate
    • a commitment to promoting and supporting youth music and development, especially for the young musicians within the ensemble
    • a charismatic “podium presence” and sense of humour

    Potential candidates should apply in the first instance to before the closing date of Saturday 19 October 2019. Please include a covering letter and CV with your application/expression of interest.  Interviews and auditions with shortlisted candidates will take place during November/December 2019.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

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  • A Message from our Chairman, Russell Joyce

    A Message from our Chairman, Russell Joyce

    11 September 2019

    It is with great sadness that MWS announces the resignation of its Music Director, Jonathon Crowhurst.

    One of the UK’s foremost wind orchestra directors, Jonathan has been an indefatigable force driving MWS forward to musical excellence so that it is now an award-winning ensemble with a rich history of collaborations (performances and recordings) with internationally-renowned musicians and composers.

    Throughout his tenure, Jonathan has delivered passion, energy, enthusiasm, and unrivalled opportunities for all at MWS. The ensemble has been privileged to benefit from his extensive network of professional contacts, all of whom have been keen to work with MWS and to inspire its musicians and audiences. This is particularly true for the many young, gifted musicians at MWS whom Jonathan (as a keen educator) has positively encouraged to realise their musical ambitions.

    Jonathan’s insatiable desire for - and commitment to - innovative wind ensemble repertoire has done much to foster a wider interest in the genre and to make it more accessible. This he has achieved through a combination of his unrivalled musical knowledge, understanding, and expertise with his exceptional ability to craft for his audiences performances that are resplendent and memorable for their theatricality, drama, and intensity.

    We are hugely indebted to Jonathan for all this and so much more: we shall certainly miss his uniquely individual charisma and his highly-distinctive brand of humour.

    Our profound, heartfelt thanks to Jonathan for everything he has done for us individually and collectively; we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.

    In his parting message to the band, Jonathan said: “For the last eight to nine years some of my proudest moments have come via the baton conducting MWS. The many wonderful and memorable performances and concerts, the new music, the recordings, the fantastic soloists and probably the most important of all, watching the development of its members both young, old and older. What more could a conductor ask? It has been quite an adventure.”

    We have now begun the recruitment process for our fourth Music Director. Our concert dates for the 2019/20 season are unaffected, with our principal oboe and budding young conductor Sam Willsmore taking up the baton for our season-opening concert on Thursday, 24 October.

    For more information about the Music Director position or for an informal discussion please email Russell Joyce

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