Southampton Concert Wind Band

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Banding Together 2019

Sunday 3rd February 2019

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Sunday 3rd February is a fantastic opportunity for you to to bring your wind instrument and play with Southampton Concert Wind Band and Meridian Winds, as well as being directed by the composer, Rob Wiffin.

Rob began his musical career in the Salvation Army, learning to play cornet and then trombone at Southall Citadel in London. Rob was only 17 when he became the deputy choir-master. At the same age he played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before entering the Royal College of Music where he studied trombone with Arthur Wilson.

He joined the Royal Air Force Music Services and became the principal trombonist of the Central Band, though after seven years as a player he decided to concentrate his energies on conducting and became a Director of Music for the RAF. He has directed the Band of the RAF Regiment, the Western Band of the RAF and the Central Band of the RAF. His promotion to Principal Director of Music, Royal Air Force, in January 1998, made him the twelfth in a line of distinguished musicians who have held this prestigious post and, on appointment, the youngest since Sir George Dyson in 1919. He was awarded the OBE for services to Royal Air Force Music in 2002.

On leaving the RAF in 2003, Rob relocated to Spain where he spent much of his time composing and arranging music and playing the trombone. While maintaining his Iberian links, he is now spending most of his time in England. He is presently Professor of Conducting at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall and teaches postgraduate conducting, composition and arranging at the London College of Music.

Full details will be provided on successful application but as an overview of the day:

9:30 - 10:00 Arrival, welcome and settling into positions
10:00 - 11:30 Calum Gray & Don Lloyd (MDs of SCWB and Meridian Winds) take warm up and sight reading
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 12:45 Rob Wiffin takes over the baton to introduce you to his music
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch (please bring your own)
13:30 - 15:15 Rob continues rehearsing his music
15:15 - 15:30 Break and time for friends, families and interested parties to arrive to hear the result of the day's work
15:30 - 16:00 Performance of everything that has been rehearsed

The cost of the day will be just £15 per person. Light refreshments will be available but you will need to bring a packed lunch. Free parking will be available on site at Mountbatten School.

Please complete the form below to make your booking and we will contact you to arrange payment. Places are limited and can only be booked in advance so do it now to avoid disappointment!

If you have any questions please contact us by emailing