Saturday 8 July 2023    |    St. Edmunds Hall Roundhay



Welcome to our summer concert featuring a varied programme of dance music from around the world, written or arranged for wind orchestra. The evening will also showcase works for flute ensemble prepared during the orchestra’s popular annual flute day, which took place today.


Dance of the Tumblers: Rimsky-Korsakov

Jazz Waltz no. 2: Shostakovich, arr. Johan de Meij

Never Forgotten, for flute choir: Keiron Anderson

Brasiliana: Keiron Anderson

Danceries: Kenneth Hesketh
    1. Lull me beyond thee
    2. Catching of Quails
    3. My Lady’s Rest
    4. Quodling’s Delight


Pineapple Poll: Sullivan, arr. Mackerras, arr. W J Duthoit
    1. Opening Number
    2. Jasper’s Dance
    3. Poll’s Dance
    4. Finale

Two Northumbrian Tunes, arr. flute choir by Mel Orriss

Nimrod: Elgar, arr. Geoffrey Brand

Tango de Buenos Aires: Keiron Anderson

Incantation and Dance: John Barnes Chance

Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers
Dance music is an important feature of many operas, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden is no exception. The opera was composed in 1880-81 and centres around the eternal forces of nature and the relationship between mythological characters with semi mythological characters, the Snow Maiden and humans. Dance of the Tumblers, or Dance of the Clowns, features in the third act, in which the village people party before the contest to win the Snow Maiden’s heart begins. This is a short, fun piece with bold, spirited themes that conjure up the movements and sassy attitude of acrobatic clowns.

Shostakovich: Jazz Waltz no. 2
No programme of dance music would be complete without a waltz, and what could be a better example than Shostakovich’s popular Jazz Waltz no. 2? This waltz is one of an eight movement Suite for Variety Orchestra. It features a simple lyrical melody that first appears on saxophone before being adopted by other parts of the ensemble. The long melodic lines are accompanied by a relentless accompaniment, combining to give it a quirky, slightly uneasy feel. Fun fact: This short waltz has become one of the composer’s most well loved pieces, having been used in the Russian film The First Echelon and more recently Stanley Kubrik’s psychological drama Eyes Wide Shut.

Kieron Anderson: Brasiliana
Brasiliana, an original piece for wind orchestra by our music director Kieron Anderson, is an energetic samba, full of joyful exuberance. Written in 2014, it was subsequently reimagined by the composer for saxophone ensemble and for brass band. The piece features lively Latin percussion and punchy rhythms for brass and woodwind underpinning an exuberant melody. Listen out for Tijuana Brass style bell notes building to powerful layered chords. Sit back, close your eyes and be transported to Rio de Janeiro by these exciting rhythms and catchy tunes.

Hesketh: Danceries
The word Danceries is taken from Playford’s Dancing Master, a seventeenth century collection of popular and folk tunes that was used by expert fiddle players to teach the dance steps of the time to noblemen and royalty. Hesketh’s work for wind orchestra uses a mixture of traditional and original music, although where traditional music is used it is always given a new contemporary identity. The four movements are a lilting lullaby, a sprightly scherzo, a gentle pavane and an energetic finale that cleverly combines old and new themes. As Hesketh says: “Whilst this present set of ‘danceries’ cannot be said to be an aid to terpsichorean agility, I do hope that it will at least set feet tapping.”

Sullivan: Pineapple Poll
Pineapple Poll is a comic ballet inspired by the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The tongue in cheek story centres around Pineapple Poll and her friends, who are all in love with the captain of HMS Hot Cross Bun and dress up as sailors to get on to the ship. When the copyright on Sullivan’s music expired in 1950, Sadler’s Wells grasped the opportunity to stage a ballet using his music, arranged by Charles Mackerras in his youth. Mackerras created what he himself described as a patchwork quilt of tunes from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, commenting that “Every bar of Pineapple Poll is taken from some opera or other.” See how many familiar tunes you can spot!

Elgar: Nimrod
Nimrod is the ninth variation from the Variations on an Original Theme, (Enigma Variations), and portrays Elgar’s great friend, editor and publisher Augustus J Jaeger. It is the most well known of the variations, often being performed as a stand-alone concert piece. The movement pays tribute to Jaeger’s long-standing support for the struggling composer, and an inspiring conversation about Beethoven. Fun fact: The movement starts with a subtle reference to Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata. The Enigma Variations is well known as an orchestral work, but why is it included in a programme of dance music? The answer is that the choreographer Frederick Ashton created a one-act ballet, Enigma Variations (My Friends Pictured Within), to Elgar’s music. It was first performed by the Royal Ballet in 1968 and has been revived every decade since.

Kieron Anderson: Tango de Buenos Aires
We pick up on Kieron’s tour of South America with a visit to Buenos Aires, home of the Argentinian tango. This piece is a light-hearted and affectionate tribute to the composer Astor Piazzolla, father of the Nuevo tango, or the new tango genre. Like Piazzolla’s compositions, this work is full of poignant melodies underpinned by the familiar tango rhythm, giving it a bittersweet feel with all the trademark passion and drama of the tango. The piece was originally written for brass band and reimagined by the composer for wind orchestra. Listen out for the Piazzolla-inspired continuously descending bassline!

Barnes Chance: Incantation and Dance
Incantation and Dance is an original work for wind orchestra composed by John Barnes Chance in 1960. It was his first work for wind orchestra and soon became a popular and critically acclaimed concert piece, remaining an important item in the repertoire for over fifty years. The piece starts with a slow, sad, almost spooky incantation theme introduced by the flutes before the texture develops gradually. A rhythmic percussion feature leads into the dance, soon being joined by the rest of the orchestra as the excitement builds with a triplet feature then thrilling semiquaver runs and trills. Towards the end all the elements of the piece combine to lead to a spectacular ending. Watch out for members from the clarinet and oboe sections joining the percussion section on claves, gourd and tambourine!



Keiron was born in Aberdeen and studied trumpet and keyboard at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he started both a light orchestra and big band. His career has multiple strands: musical director, composer, performer, teacher.

Keiron currently directs Yorkshire Wind Orchestra (1994 – ) which he has brought to its present level of excellence, Nottingham Symphonic Winds (2006 – ) with whom he has produced many excellent concerts and recordings, and Phoenix Concert Band (2003 – ) which he has developed into a high-quality community wind band. He has worked with many other groups including Harlequin Brass, Leeds Conservatoire Wind Orchestra, Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain and numerous chamber ensembles throughout the UK and Europe as part of a diverse and rich schedule of conducting. Keiron approaches each group differently according to its particular character, capabilities, ambition and rehearsal schedule!

Keiron is a prolific composer producing unique and exciting new music across an eclectic mix of styles. Some of these works are written specifically for the groups he directs or as commissions for other ensembles. Others are intended to be enjoyed on Soundcloud.

Keiron has worked extensively as a freelance performer from performing in a chamber orchestra in Bridlington sightreading 12 concerts a week, to work with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, London Festival Ballet, Welsh Opera, Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Northern Radio Orchestra. Keiron also established the Keiron Anderson Orchestra and completed several years working on cruise ships followed by a period in Spain before returning to the UK and performing all over the country with artists such as Cannon and Ball, Ronnie Corbett, Bob Monkhouse, Little and Large, Frankie Vaughan and many more.

Keiron’s teaching experience includes 10 years as a peripatetic teacher of brass and composition, three years as Head of the Ilkley Music Centre and 18 years as Head of Music, then Head of Creative Arts at Ilkley Grammar School.



The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra is an amateur group of around 40 musicians from across Yorkshire who enjoy playing a wide range of music written or arranged for woodwind, brass and percussion (and double bass!). Members of the orchestra take pride in performing to a high standard and in coming together to communicate our music to an audience. The orchestra was formed in 1996 and has gone from strength to strength, giving regular performances across the Yorkshire region from Sheffield to Hull.

Our repertoire includes works written specifically for wind orchestra by composers such as Malcolm Arnold, Martin Ellerby, Adam Gorb, Percy Grainger, Nigel Hess, Gustav Holst, Joseph Horovitz, Frank Ticheli, Eric Whitacre and Guy Woolfenden as well as by our Musical Director, Keiron Anderson. We also play music arranged for wind orchestra. Recent concerts have included programmes of film music, well-known light classical music and staples of the Last Night of the Proms. The orchestra also undertook a groundbreaking collaboration with a Sheffield based folk group to present a programme of original folk music and arrangements of folk tunes for wind orchestra by composers such as Grainger and Vaughan Williams.

Yorkshire Wind Orchestra is a registered charity and, as well as promoting the work of contemporary composers with a particular focus on those from the UK, is committed to developing young wind and percussion players in the Yorkshire region. The orchestra runs playdays for local music services to give their young students the opportunity to experience playing in a wind orchestra and share the stage with the ensemble in a final joint concert. Its popular flute days provide a stimulating day of ensemble playing for people of all ages.

Please see our website at https://www.yorkshirewinds.co.uk/ for details of upcoming concerts and playdays. 




Phil Broadbent
Morgan Hollis

Louise Nash
Lucy Nelson

Becci Richardson
Tristan Watson
Lindsay Blank (E-flat)
Elizabeth Kelly (alto)
Paul Hannon (bass)


Emma Cordell (piccolo)
Helen Gibson
Helen Simms
Jane Henshaw

Nicola McDonnell
Alicia Oakes


Freya Bailes
Alison Nairn


Alison Elcock
Sheila Hardwick


Andy Ainge
Hannah Garnett

Abbie Lingard
Alison Owen-Morley
Jess Taylor


Ruth Rayner
Mike Tupper
Mike Williamson


Terry Casey
Mike Holwill
Ruth Hays


Lee Muncaster
Ian Graham

Tony Wood


Jenny Allen


Camilla Priede


Anna Beith
Lizzie Crawford

Matt McKirgan



Steve Waters