Royal Northern College of Music

Wind ensemble music: commissioning, training and performance


The College has transformed the repertoire and performance standards of wind ensemble music in this country. In 1981, the College hosted the first international conference of wind bands and ensembles for composers, conductors and publishers. It introduced British musicians to a vast range of unknown repertoire and to new standards of performance. This extension of the available repertoire has benefited a wide range of performers, from the local community to the international stage and has encouraged composers to explore and develop new ideas.