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James Dickinson - Head of Hertfordshire Music Service

County Wind Sinfonia


Principal Conductor: Mark Heron 

Required standard: Grade 6
Age range: 11 - 21 years


Upcoming Event

26th-29th July, Summer Residential at Haileybury College, Hertford culminating in a performance in St Paul's Church, St Albans 

Conductor Mark Heron 
Martin Ellerby Prelude for Hampstead Heath 
Philip Wilby Catcher of Shadows
Philip Sparke Lindisfarne Rhapsody 
Michael Ball Cambrian Suite 
Gary Carpenter Runcorn Bridge 
Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy 

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


CWS 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. 


Orchestra member downloads

> Click here to download scores


We accept applications all year round. 

Recent Events

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

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