Birmingham Symphonic Winds

United Kingdom


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Birmingham Symphonic Winds was established in 1992 by its Music Director, Keith Allen, with a commitment to promoting enterprise and excellence. Over the last 25 years, BSW has commissioned 11 new pieces for the wind band genre by British composers (Nigel Clarke, Martin Ellerby, Kenneth Hesketh, Nigel Hess, Mike Mower, John Rutter, Philip Sparke and Guy Woolfenden) and given 45 premiere performances in the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2003, BSW was the first British ensemble to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic, Chicago, and since have performed in Cologne, Hong Kong, Macau, New York, Riga and at WASBE Conferences in Austria and Ireland.


  1. Illyrian Dances - Guy Woolfenden
  2. Mutations - Bart Picqueur
  3. Lento From Dance Movements - Philip Sparke
  4. Blue Shades - Frank Ticheli
Birmingham Symphonic Winds


Keith Allen

Keith Allen

Keith Allen was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London, then undertook further studies at Birmingham University, Kingston University and the University of West London. He has worked as Saxophone/Clarinet Tutor: Birmingham Conservatoire; Consultant Editor: Faber Music Ltd., and is Festival Director: National Concert Band Festival (UK); ‘conductor in residence’: Birmingham University Wind Band; Adviser: London International Music Festival.



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