Wind Symphony (WS)
The 70-member Wind Symphony is the leading Wind Orchestra of Queensland Youth Orchestras. Established in 1973, Wind Symphony has developed a fine reputation for outstanding concerts.
Members include students from the Queensland Conservatorium and the UQ School of Music, as well as advanced secondary students, with an age range from 15 to 23.
QYO Wind Symphony performs regularly throughout South-east and regional Queensland. This year the orchestra also participated in the Yamaha National Band Championships for the first time. It has twice won Sunny (Queensland Recording Industry) Awards for best classical CD.
In 2016 repertoire included Igor Stravinsky’s (arr. Patterson) The Rite of Spring, George Gershwin’s (arr. Rodgers) Cuban Overture; Nigel Hess’s Global Variations, John Rotar’s Concertino for Band, Otto Nicolai’s (arr. Godfrey) Overture: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ralph Vaughn Williams’s Toccata Marziale, Samuel Dickenson’s Xenocide and Sir William Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fuge, C45a (arr. Drijvers) and Crown Imperial, C32 (arr. Duthoit). The Wind Symphony also premiered the original composition Equium Mundi from member Eleanor Brimblecombe.
Wind Symphony Application Information
- 75-member wind orchestra
- Advanced wind band repertoire
- Current conductor: Warwick Potter (since 2010)
- Rehearsals: Fridays 7pm-9.30pm
- Tutorials during rehearsal times
- Weekend music camp: Luther Heights, Coolum, 3-5 March, 2017
- Min. AMEB Grade 6 (guide only)
- Maximum age limit as at 31 Dec 2016: 23 years
- Flute (7), piccolo (2), oboe (2), cor anglais (1)
- Clarinet Bb (18), soprano clarinet (1), alto clarinet (1), Bass clarinet (2), contrabass clarinet (1)
- Bassoon (4), contrabassoon (1)
- Alto saxophone (2), tenor saxophone (1), baritone saxophone (1)
- French horn (4), trumpet (6), trombone (4), bass trombone (1)
- Euphonium (2), tuba (3), double bass (1), percussion (5)
Conductor Warwick Potter
Warwick Potter is one of Australia’s leading conductors. He has conducted Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St.John’s, Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions. He is currently the specialist Education Conductor to CSO and he conducted performances across a range of portfolios including education, family, outdoor spectaculars, concerto competitions and subscription concerts. He enjoys a protean career – collaborations include those with Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Bolshoi Ballet.
Recently tenured at the University of Queensland (UQ), he currently conducts UQ Symphony Orchestra (UQSO), UQ Wind Ensemble, Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony and Brisbane City Pops Orchestra. He is Coordinator of Winds at the School of Music, UQ where his other duties include lecturing in instrumental conducting, bassoon performance lecturing, wind/brass performance practice skills, chamber music and advanced conducting.
A committed music educationalist, Warwick has also conducted for MOST, State Honours Education Program, Great Public Schools’ Music Day, Queensland Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Youth Symphony in the youth sector. He was technical consultant for the current Australian Music Examination Board’s bassoon syllabus and was keynote speaker at QSO’s 2014 Education launch. Warwick is in increasing demand as an adjudicator and has recently worked for Education Queensland as a Fanfare adjudicator.
He trained at Royal College of Music, London where he was awarded every bassoon prize including an Exhibition Scholarship. He studied bassoon with Kerrison Camden, Geoffrey Gambold and John Burness. He enjoyed a successful freelance career in the United Kingdom including many concerti appearances after winning the 1992 Hastings National Concerto Competition.
In 2014 Warwick conducted CSO in its Noteworthyeducation week, directed UQSO through Elgar’s Enigma Variations, made his debut with Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra in NSW and collaborated with American Ballet Theatre during its successful season at QPAC.
Watch the QYO Wind Symphony play Jupiter from Gustav Holst’s The Planets.
“I think the most incredible thing about QYO is the people. I’ve made so many friends who I would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise!”
- Nathaniel, Euphonium in WS