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  • The show must go on!
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 1 Jul 2020
    The show must go on!
    As we're still unable to play together, we're taking our summer concert online. 

    The virtual concert video will launch on Saturday 4 July at 19:30 on both Facebook and YouTube. If you're not able to tune in then, the video will remain available in both locations.

    Sit back and enjoy a short, light-hearted virtual concert created entirely by members of the orchestra who’ve been working on their recording and editing skills.

    Brought to you from homes and gardens across Yorkshire, we present a number of small ensembles formed from within the orchestra.
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  • Fundraising target met!
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 16 May 2020
    Fundraising target met!
    We are delighted to have met our target and raised £625 - so far - for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity

    This money has been raised thanks to the generosity of our supporters who have listened to new version of Happy Birthday and donated to our chosen cause and of all those involved in the production of the video who have given considerable time and talent to the project.

    It's not too late to contribute. Donations can still be made via Virgin MoneyGiving.

    Happy Birthday celebrates the orchestra's 25th anniversary and was arranged by Keiron Anderson, played and recorded by members of Yorkshire Wind Orchestra during the current lockdown, and edited by Ricardo Lacombe

  • Making the YWO Happy Birthday video
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 13 May 2020
    Making the YWO Happy Birthday video
    If you've wondered how we went about producing our new arrangment of Happy Birthday from persuading 39 people to record themselves to bringing together the home recordings into a high-quality final video, let us tell you about it!
  • 25th anniversary celebration in lockdown
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 19 Apr 2020
    25th anniversary celebration in lockdown
    The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra 25th anniversary concert was scheduled for 16 May and we were very disappointed to have to postpone it.
    Our committee discussed how to mark the occasion anyway and thought it would be fitting to make a lockdown recording of Happy Birthday. There are several arrangements of Happy Birthday available for concert band but we wanted something that better reflected YWO's personality and style so we asked our MD, Keiron Anderson, to write an arrangement for us.
    Over a couple of weeks, members of the wind orchestra recorded their individual parts ready to be combined into a final video. However, we hit a snag when we remembered that our timpani were locked away in our rehearsal venue. A cheeky email later and Mark Wagstaff, percussionist with Opera North, agreed to record the timp part for us.
    Once the final video has been edited and mixed - by Ricardo Lacombe - we'll make it available on social media and on our website in support of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity. A pdf version of the arrangement will also be available. 
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