Adelaide Wind Orchestra (AWO) is a ‘world class ensemble’ (The Barefoot Review) and considered as one of Australia’s foremost symphonic wind ensembles.

Building on the work of the late Robert (Bob) Hower at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, AWO was founded in 2012 by recent graduates, amateur and professional performers on the basis of a mutual love of the symphonic wind ensemble genre. AWO’s founding premise is presenting professional performances in an annual concert series format, and developing an audience for this music in Adelaide.

Since 2012, AWO has been committed to presenting new music and promoting Australian composers. AWO has brought new compositions to Australian audiences giving numerous SA premieres, nineteen Australian premieres, and eleven world premieres. There are too many highlights to describe.

2020 was a very tough year and AWO was not immune. It was also a moment for us to pause and consider our mission. We have survived a change in generation of young musicians whilst maintaining great continuity. In recent years, some of our players have won professional roles with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, national military ensembles and other groups, and multiple of our original members have been married, had children, or discovered new challenges abroad. We are not alone and we are fortunate the Adelaide community of musicians continues to find a way to nurture and maintain great talent.

It is a testament to the inspiration of Bob and others that the energy and the music is still alive with our group throughout this change and we are excited to present a program of diverse music that meets the moment.

Life is too short for bad music.



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