Wind Symphony Whimsy

Wind Symphony Whimsy

Wellington Wind Symphony concert-goers are familiar with the wide range of repertoire that the group performs, from transcriptions of orchestral works to original compositions. Our next concert Wind Symphony Whimsy, consists of music all written originally for wind ensemble by some very accomplished...   read more

Why Transcribe Strauss Four Last Songs?

Composer, arranger, WWS oboist and music director emeritus Michael Purves-Smith provides unique insight into his thinking as he transcribed Strauss’ Four Last Songs, to be featured on our concerts on October 23 and 30, 2016.

Why Transcribe Strauss’ Four Last Songs?

by Michael Purves-Smith

When Jan Narveson of the ...   read more

A Tribute to Howard Cable

By Michael Purves-Smith, Conductor Emeritus of the Wellington Wind Symphony

Howard Cable
Howard Cable, 1920 – 2016

Howard Cable passed away on March 30, 2016 at the age of 95. The last concert of the Wellington Wind Symphony this season will include the composer’s beautiful arrangement of the national anthem, O Canada.

It is hard to overestimate...   read more