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About Maidstone Wind Symphony

Award-winning wind orchestra Maidstone Wind Symphony (MWS) is one of the United Kingdom's leading wind ensembles renowned for its passion and innovation.

Based in Maidstone, Kent, we are a friendly, ambitious ensemble that is proud to perform and champion contemporary wind band music. We are conducted by music director Roger Graham. 

MWS concerts aim to illuminate and inspire and give audiences a new and unique experience they will never forget. We aim not simply looking to entertain, but to entertain ideas.

In 2015 MWS became only the second wind orchestra to win the National Concert Band Symposium with its performance of John Mackey's Wine-Dark Sea Symphony for Band.

In 2017 the band released a new recording, Roar!, featuring the wind music of award-winning composer Andy Scott. The disc features collaborations with special guest artists Rex Richardson (trumpet), Steven Mead (euphonium), Les Neish (tuba) and Andy Findon (flute).

Our Music Director

Introducing our Music Director Roger Graham and Assistant Music Director Sam Willsmore. 

Our Players

Find out more about our talented musicians and the instruments they play.

Meet our players

Management Team

MWS is a registered charity run by its President, Trustees and Committee

Meet the team

A Brief History

Find out more about our history and key achievements since its formation in 1998.

Where we've come from

Maidstone Wind Symphony is a dedicated advocate of contemporary composers and regularly gives premiere performances. It is renowned for its highly-acclaimed interpretations of wind band music with repertoire ranging from traditional and popular classics through to contemporary band masterpieces. The orchestra also regularly engages some of the world’s finest woodwind and brass soloists.

MWS is also proud to have collaborated with a wide range of wind bands, brass bands and choirs over the years. These include Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers, Frysk Fanfare Orkestr, Eynsford Concert Band, Byneset Musikkorps, BAE Systems Brass Band, Medway Band, Maidstone Youth Wind Orchetstra, The Maidstone Singers, Maidstone Choral Union, Faversham Choral Society, and choirs from a number of local schools.

Alongside regular concert performances, the orchestra presents inspirational workshops with its guest soloists, designed to challenge and advance every participant and has a strong relationship with Maidstone Youth Music Society, providing additional opportunities for talented young players.

The band was founded by Brendon Le Page in 1998. Since then its Music Directors have been Jeremy Cooper, Jonathan Crowhurst and Roger Graham, who was appointed in 2019. The band celebrated its 20th anniversary during the 2018/19 season.

Our awards and accolades

  • 2017 – Second professional recording Roar! – The Wind Band Music of Andy Scott
  • 2015 – MWS became the headline orchestra for Maidstone’s annual Proms in the Park
  • 2015 – Winners of the National Concert Band Symposium with guest conductor Tom Davoran

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