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Leadership Team for Herts Music Service

Lisa Quinlan-Rahman
Vicki Roberts
Michael Mabbitt
Katherine Wolfenden
Deena Day
Angela Gilby
Rebecca Kelly
Nick Denham

County Wind Sinfonia




Principal Conductor: Mark Heron 

Required standard: Grade 5
Age range: 11 - 21 years

CWS meets for courses in the spring and summer holidays and for a Repertoire Day in the autumn half term, undertaking exciting and challenging repertoire in many styles and genres.

The Sinfonia has played many specially commissioned works and also very popular pieces to the more obscure! Playing in HWS is an exciting opportunity to not only play great music but to work with professional coaches on technical aspects of your playing.

The Sinfonia performs in high profile venues, most recently The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban. Other venues include the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, London’s Barbican Hall and the Royal Academy of Music. The Sinfonia has recorded several CDs, most recently releasing the premiere recording of Daniel Basford's Symphony No. 1 in 2014, and regularly commissions new works and presents first performances. 

As well as brass, percussion and wind instruments, there are places for piano/keyboard and string bass.


For an idea of the sort of music we play please follow the link for a recent performance by the group as well as musicians from the County Youth Orchestra and Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra:  

Recent performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Forthcoming events 

  • Autumn 2019 - 3rd November Workshop Day at Stevenage Music Centre
  • Spring 2020 - 17th-18th February Spring Course at Mid Herts Centre for Music & Arts, Hatfield

County Activities Team contact information

Tel.: 01707 292399 / 292761

We are based at the Hertfordshire Music Service Central Office, Mid-Herts Centre for Music & Arts, Birchwood Avenue, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0PS. 


Orchestra member downloads

> Click here to download scores


We accept applications all year round. 

Recent Events

County Youth Music Festival Concert (joint with County Youth Brass) - 27th July 2019 at Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire
Conductors Mark Heron (CWS) and Paul Fisher (CYB)
Aagard-Nilsen Ljodgata
Hussey Twisted Skyscapes
Bedford Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves

Summer Residential (joint with County Youth Brass) - 24th-26th July 2019 at Purcell School, Bushey

Project with the Band of The Royal Air Force - 20th February 2019 at RAF Northolt
Conductors Mark Heron (CWS) and Chris I'Anson (RAF)
Gregson The Sword and the Crown
Ellerby Clarinet Concerto (3rd movement)
Curnow Fanfare and Flourishes
Pierce A Name Perpetual

Spring Course - 19th-20th February 2019 at Mid Herts Centre for Music & Arts (day 1); RAF Northolt (day 2)

Autumn Workshop Day - 21st October 2018 at Mid Herts Centre for Music & Arts

CONCERT - 6th April at 7pm, Haileybury College, Hertford
Conductors Peter Stark & Mark Heron
Dag Wiren Serenade for Strings
Sibelius En Saga
Sibelius Valse Triste
Sibelius Lemminkainen's Return
Gorb Suite for Winds
Alarcon Duende

Spring Course - 3rd - 5th April 2018 as part of a joint course with the County Youth Orchestra

CONCERT - 29th July at 7.30pm, St Paul's Church, St Albans
Conductor Mark Heron
Ellerby Prelude for Hampstead Heath
Sparke Lindisfarne Rhapsody - Soloist Sam Frith
Ball Cambrian Suite
Lee Reunion (UK premiere)
Carpenter Runcorn Bridge
Grainger Lincolnshire Posy

Summer Course - 26th - 28th July 2017, Residential at Haileybury College, Hertford

CONCERT - 13th April 2017 at 7.30pm, Barbirolli Hall, Chorleywood
Conductors Ben Glassberg & Peter Stark
Rimsky Korsakov Russian Easter Festival Overture
Barber Adagio for Strings 
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Elgar In the South 
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story 

Spring Course - 10th - 13th April 2017 as part of a joint course with the County Youth Orchestra and Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra 

CONCERT – 26th July 2016 at 7.30pm, St Paul’s Church, St Albans
Conductor Mark Heron
Kenneth Hesketh Masque
Lucas Garner Finding Metropolis (World Premiere)
James Bonney Chaos Theory (concerto for electric guitar and wind orchestra – Soloist: Alex Bishop)
Kit Turnbull Scenes from Childhood
Adam Gorb Tranquility
Martin Ellerby Silent Movie Suite  

Summer Course
– 23rd – 26th July 2016, Residential at Haileybury College, Hertford

Spring Course
– 3rd – 4th April 2016
Gustav Holst First Suite in Eb
Nigel Hess Shakespeare Pictures
John Barnes Chance Elegy
Guy Woolfenden Gallimaufry