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James Dickinson - Head of Hertfordshire Music Service

Hertfordshire Wind Sinfonia


Principal Conductor: Mark Heron 

Required standard: Grade 7
Age range: 13 - 21 years

HWS meets for a 4-day course 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.


Contact Information

Tel.: 01707 292761

We have now moved to the Hertfordshire Music Service Central Office, Mid-Herts Centre for Music & Arts, Birchwood Avenue, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0PS. 


Forthcoming Events

  • Autumn 2016 - 27th November, workshopping specially commisioned wind orchestra repertoire
  • Spring 2017 - 11th-13th April as part of a joint course with the County Youth Orchestra & Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra
  • Summer 2017 - 26th-29th July, Summer Residential

Orchestra member downloads

> Click here to download scores


We are now accepting applications for the 2016/17 season.


Recent Events

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
Autumn Workshop day –
29th November 2015 with new Principal Conductor Mark Heron
Gustav Holst Marching Song
Kit Turnbull Scenes from Childhood
Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy
Summer course
- 27th July - 3rd August 2015 - tour to the Loire Valley
CONCERT - 18th April 2015 at 7.30pm, St Paul's Church, St Albans
Spring course - 17th - 18th April 2015
CONCERT - 22nd December 2014 at 7.30pm, Haileybury, Hertford
Johan de Meij Symphony No. 1 "Lord Of The Rings"
Autumn course - 21st - 22nd December 2014
CONCERT - 31st July 2014 at Harpenden Public Halls at 7.30pm
Summer Course - 28th - 31st July 2014 - Purcell School, Bushey – residential
Spring Course - 14th - 17th April 2014 - Watford School of Music. Recording course
John Mackey Foundry
Raymond Head Touching Eurydice
Daniel Basford Symphony No. 1
Autumn Workshop Day - 1st December 2013 with guest conductor Mark Heron
CONCERT - 1st August 2013 - Featuring the world premiere of Daniel Basford's Symphony No. 1
Summer Course - 29th July - 1st August 2013
CONCERT - 6th April 2013 at 7.30pm. The Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music.
Spring Course - 3rd - 6th April 2013
Autumn Workshop day - 2nd December 2012
CONCERT: 28th July 2012, 7:30pm - Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban, St. Albans
Summer Course - 25th-28th July 2012
CONCERT: 4th April 2012, 7:30pm - The Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music
Spring Course - 1st-4th April 2012
Autumn Workshop Day - 4th December 2011
Conductor Phil Brunton
Bruckner Scherzo from Symphony no.4
Shostakovich Festive Overture
Carroll Winter Dances
Gorb Battle Symphony
Informal concert at Mid-Herts Music Centre, Hatfield - 6pm
CONCERT: 6th August 2011, 7:30pm. The Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music. Last Night of the Proms theme
Summer Course - 3rd-6th August 2011
Spring Course - 11th-14th April 2011
Premiere recording of the new Saxophone Concertino by Adam Gord, with soloist Tim Watson; and Raymond Head Chorale. Also recording Ellerby Paris Sketches and Sparke Fanfare, Romance and Finale
Autumn Workshop Day - 28th November 2010
Focus on concerti, including a new saxophone concerto by Adam Gorb
Tour to Paris - 2nd-8th August 2010 performing in the grand Cathedral, The Madeleine
Perischetti Symphony No. 6
Milhaud Suite Francais
Saint-Saens Orient et Occident
Schmitt Dionysiaques
Bozza Children’s Overture
2010 Easter Course Programme of British and Australian contemporary music leading to a concert at Berkhamsted Collegiate on the 9th April
Summer Residential Course at St Georges, Harpenden leading to concert in the Cathedral and Abbey of Church of St Alban on the 21st August 2009, featuring world premiere of Night Journey by Daniel Basford with the Hertfordshire County Youth Choir and Tim Hobman, baritone