9 September 2018, Sydney Australia – Seventy school and community bands from across Sydney will perform at the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s 2018 Spring Music Festival. The annual festival has become a feature on many Sydney school bands’ calendars, and returns to the  Concert Hall of The Concourse in Chatswood this year for three days over September 21st to 23rd.

Summing up the spirit of the festival, NSSWE Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Patrick Brennan said that:

“The NSSWE Spring Music Festival is about creating opportunities for young musicians to demonstrate the results of their hard work and celebrate the joys of music with appreciative audiences from all over Northern Sydney. It’s a rare thing for young musicians to play to a full house in a professional venue as magnificent as the Concourse.

“This is our seventh Spring Music Festival and we are very excited to welcome over 2,500 musicians to join us in Chatswood for a spectacular festival of concert band and big band music. We know our audiences will love the variety of music and the energy of the performances.”

This year NSSWE is also offering a special workshop for conductors to be delivered by noted Australian guest clinician, Dr. Rob McWilliams. The seminar will include a masterclass on conducting with NSSWE’s flagship ensemble, the Senior Wind Ensemble.

NSSWE’s 2018 Spring Music Festival includes a free, all day public concert on the Sunday featuring an exceptional list of local Sydney school jazz and stage bands. Ticketed concert band performances take place across the three days of the festival in the Concert Hall, and seats are still available to all sessions, including the Conducting Workshop on the Friday afternoon.

NSSWE would like to thank Willoughby Council for their financial contribution towards the Spring Music Festival. NSSWE is a recipient of the Willoughby Councils Concourse Performing Arts Subsidy for 2018. NSSWE would also like to thank Yamaha for their support of the conducting clinic with Dr Rob McWilliams.

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Georgina Hardy, 0410 177 531, marketing@nsswe.org.au.

Notes to Editor:


Friday 21st Sept: Evening concert 7pm.

Saturday 22nd Sept: Morning 11am, afternoon 2.30pm, evening 7pm.

Sunday 23rd Sept: Afternoon 1pm, evening 6.30pm.

Afternoon of Jazz (free) 11am – 6pm in the outdoor amphitheatre at The Concourse.




NSSWE Summer Spring Festival 2018, participating bands:

Allambie Heights Public School, Asquith Public School, Beacon Hill Primary School, Bilgola Hill Primary School, Central Coast, Curl Curl North Public School, Forest Lodge Public School, Forestville Public School, Hornsby South Public School, Key Music Australia, Killarney Heights High School, Killarney Heights Public School, Ku-ring-gai High School, Lane Cove Public School, Lindfield East PS, Lindfield Public School, Manly West Public School, Mimosa Public School, Mount Colah Public School, Narrabeen North Public School, Normanhurst West Public School, Pennant Hills Public School, Pymble Ladies College, Seaforth Public School, St Augustine’s College, St Kieran’s Catholic Primary SChool, St Martin’s Primary School, Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Forest High, Villa Maria, Warrawee Public School, West Pennant Hills Public School, West Pymble Public School, Wheeler Heights Public School, Willoughby Public School.


About NSSWE:

Founded in 2010, the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) is a band program for talented school-aged woodwind, brass and percussion musicians from the Northern Sydney region. In 2017, the program fostered the musical capabilities of more than 200 students from over 60 local Sydney schools across four ensembles. NSSWE’s mission is to inspire musical excellence among like minded young musicians through exposure to more advanced musical repertoires, newly commissioned pieces and the guidance of highly qualified conductors. NSSWE is also home to a unique professional development program for tertiary music students, NSSWE Plus Program. Entry is by audition. NSSWE is a not-for-profit organisation. For more information, visit https://www.nsswe.org/  Follow the latest news on NSSWE students https://www.facebook.com/nsswe/


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