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Musical director and conductor: Keiron Anderson
Leader:  Gill Henshaw
Secretary:  Margaret Frogson MBE
Guest conductor:  Alistair Parnell
Patron: Martin Ellerby

 Musical excellence - supporting good causes
 "...orchestral delights in abundance!
 Nottingham Evening Post
"A significant milestone in my long and varied career..."
Ernest Tomlinson, composer
(on NSWO recording of his Suite of English Folk Dances)
Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra
The Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra (NSWO) is one of the leading groups of its kind, renowned for its exciting and diverse concert performances.
The group has delighted audiences at home and abroad since its formation in 1987, filling the churches and concert halls of the East Midlands and touring throughout Europe. Each Christmas, the hugely popular ‘Kidsophonic’ concerts introduce local children to the magic of the wind orchestra.  Attracting players of a high calibre from across the Midlands and beyond, the group have been conducted by a number of eminent musicians, including Philip Sparke, Guy Woolfenden, Edward Gregson, Joseph Horovitz and the late Frederick Fennell.

At the heart of every performance is the desire to make music of the highest quality, and this commitment to musical excellence has been rewarded with a Gold Award at the prestigious National Concert Band Finals. Since the group’s formation, over 500 musicians have enjoyed the opportunity to play the finest wind orchestral music in a friendly and encouraging environment. Many of the NSWO’s concerts are given in support of local and national charities, which have benefitted to the tune of over £115,000.
In 2009 the group released their CD 'October', which included a recording of Ernest Tomlinson's Suite of English Folk Dances. This caught the composer's attention and prompted him to write that it was a 'significant milestone' in his career.  Encouraged by this endorsement from the president of the British Light Music Society, in 2011 the opportunity arose for the BBC to record NSWO playing Keiron Anderson's 'Radio Days' as part of their 'Light Fantastic' festival.  The performance was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and the group have also since had their work broadcast on Classic FM.
The work of the group is made possible by the support and inspiration of co-founders Margaret Frogson and David Oldershaw, of Windblowers music shop, and an army of volunteers. In 2007, Margaret was honoured with a national ‘Making Music’ award for her organisational work with the group, recognising her outstanding contribution to music in the community, and in 2016 awarded the MBE for services to community music.
Keiron Anderson 2017
Keiron Anderson, Musical Director and Conductor
Keiron Anderson was appointed musical director and conductor of the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra in 2006.
As one of the most experienced and innovative conductors of wind groups in the country, Keiron also conducts the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra and the outstanding Harlequin Brass Ensemble. In 2005 he guest-conducted the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain at the Edinburgh Festival, including a premiere of his own work.
Keiron is a firm believer in the accessibility of all the music played under his direction,  even though some of it may be unfamiliar to the audiences. He is a consummate all-round musician experienced as a teacher, musical director, performer and composer.