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The Cardiff University Wind Orchestra is an entirely student-run wind band based at Cardiff University. Formed in 2009 by Tristan Watson (founding conductor), Kath Boulter and Rhiannon Lloyd, the ensemble aims to offer high quality performance opportunities to wind, brass and percussion players at the university. Six years later the ensemble is thriving and producing award-winning performances across the country In January 2013 Martin Humphries was appointed as Musical Director of the Cardiff University Wind Orchestra and has led the group ever since. During his tenure the band have explored contemporary repertoire largely by British composers and developed a reputation as a pioneering champion of modern wind band music. The band quickly adopted the ethos ‘act our age’, believing that as a young ensemble it is their responsibility to support, promote and perform the wealth of new music being created by composers of our generation. Cardiff University Wind Orchestra is fortunate to be based at a university with a pedigree for producing exceptional composers of wind band music. It quickly became apparent that programming concerts (or indeed full concert series) with an entire focus on the music of Cardiff University students and alumni was a real possibility. This record is the culmination of that two-year project.
Cardiff University Wind Orchestra
Musical Director Martin Humphries
Recorded at the Cardiff University Concert Hall on 9th & 10th April 2015
Martin Humphries (b.1989) is a Southampton-born composer and conductor currently based in South Wales. His music has been performed at numerous events and venues including the Barbican Centre, National Museum of Wales, Abacus Gallery (Cardiff) and the Cheltenham Music Festival.
Martin holds both bachelor and master’s degrees from Cardiff University where he studied composition under Robert Fokkens, Louis Johnson and Arlene Sierra as well as receiving extensive supervision in musicology from Professor Stephen Walsh. He is currently musical director of the Cardiff University Wind Orchestra.