I've forgotten my password

A Message from our Chairman, Russell Joyce

11th September 2019

A Message from our Chairman, Russell Joyce

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 chair@maidstonewindsymphony.org

Author: Helen Steel


Leave a comment

this will be displayed next to your comment
this will not be publically shown, but will be visible to website editors and may be used for contacting you regarding your message

Please complete the validation below. This helps us to protect against false spam submissions.

All comments are moderated before being published.

Keep up to date

Get the latest information from Maidstone Wind Symphony by joining our email newsletter.

@MaidstoneWinds on Twitter

Just posted a photo https://t.co/UlN0swYo1E 09:37 PM May 12th
Just posted a photo https://t.co/Q3J3vg62ST 09:33 PM May 4th
Just posted a photo @ Maidstone, Kent https://t.co/HYwrh18S9p 01:03 PM Apr 4th
Just posted a photo https://t.co/gc4J5mVhMq 07:46 PM Apr 1st
Hello all! We are back rehearsing today. Please get in contact via our website if you are interested in joining MWS… https://t.co/REltARVbu8 11:34 AM Jan 4th
Another wonderful rehearsal yesterday! #music #Kent #Maidstone https://t.co/QfboC8J0zv 07:50 AM Sep 22nd
Hurray! We are back to rehearsing in person! 🥳 If you are local to Kent and want to join MWS, contact us via our we… https://t.co/FmENJ6aVo7 10:34 AM Sep 18th
Looking back at some photos taken by @danielbaughphotography for our #20thAnniversary #concert! It was such a wonde… https://t.co/36hZOpy1AD 09:29 AM Nov 8th
We have an MWS update regarding the rest of 2020 on our website and Facebook 👉🏻 https://t.co/0R21BvSBgx https://t.co/QnUhsr0hcA 09:40 AM Sep 15th
A Concerts Update from Maidstone Wind Symphony - https://t.co/vmM6imkF4l https://t.co/1Avyi7qP88 10:32 PM Sep 14th