Wind Ensemble (WE)
The QYO Wind Ensemble conducted by David Law has 60 members with a new age limit of 18. The ensemble was founded in 1999 and has completed tours to Northern New South Wales and South-east Queensland. In 2001, the ensemble won the “Junior” section of the Australian National Band Championships and received second place in the “Junior A Grade” section in 2006.
In 2016 WE repertoire included Barnes’s Autumn Soliloquy, Grainger’s Children’s March and Irish tune from County Derry, Reed’s A Festival Prelude, Oare’s Crossroads, October’s Eric Whitacre, Rodgers’s, transcr. Bennett Victory at Sea, Ticheli’s Amazing Grace, Vaughan Williams’s Flourish for Wind Band and English Folk Song Suite, Whitacre’s October and a performed the world Première of composer Andrew Ball’s Elephant Andriod.
Watch the QYO Wind Ensemble conducted by David Law perform John Barnes Chance’s Incantation and Dance:
Conductor David Law
2017 is David Law’s ninth year as the conductor of the Wind Ensemble. David began his journey with Queensland Youth Orchestras in 1997 as a member of the Wind Ensemble, and from 1999 to 2003, held the principal euphonium chair in the Wind Symphony. This began his passion and enthusiasm for community music-making. David studied Euphonium at the Queensland University of Technology.
David has worked as Music Director, Conductor and Pianist with various organisations throughout Brisbane and has trained in Music Direction at the multiple-Tony Award©-winning Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute in Connecticut, USA. With Ignatians Musical Theatre Society, David worked as Conductor for CATS, as well as repetiteur for Les Misérables, West Side Story and Songbirds. He was also Musical Director and Conductor for Into the Woods and the ShowStoppers concert series. With Harvest Rain Theatre Company, David conducted their 25th Anniversary Concert. More recently, David has worked with Oscar Theatre Company as Musical Director for the Queensland premieres of [title of show] (Brisbane Powerhouse), Spring Awakening and Next to Normal (QPAC).
In 2016, David was an invited clinician, instructor and conductor for Queensland Music Festival’s Cape York Instrumental Program. He has regularly directed the Wind Ensemble as part of Griffith University’s State Honours Ensemble Program in Central and North Queensland, and is a sectional lecturer with the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. David has adjudicated at state and national competitions including the West Australian School’s Concert Band Festival and Queensland’s MusicFest.
In addition to conducting the Queensland Wind Orchestra, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Brisbane’s Westside Orchestra and various school honour bands and workshops across Queensland, David is currently Head of Performance Music at Redeemer Lutheran College.
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“This is my first year playing in QYO and I’ve come to realise how amazing and gratifying it is to play exceptional music in the Wind Ensemble on Friday nights in the Old Museum. The pieces we play challenge us to improve our musicianship and to reach our personal best under the tutelage of our great conductor. This is a priceless experience and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
- Hannah, Flutist in WE