Festive Overture, by Dmitri Shostakovich
from the 17th ORWO workshop, April 2014

Unfortunately, the 27th ORWO Workshop Day, due to take place in Oxford on 30th May 2020, had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. We will be announcing a new date as soon as we are able.

The Oxford Reunion Wind Orchestra (ORWO) is a friendly scratch band, drawing in people from all over the country. We meet up twice a year for all-day workshops, normally in Oxford. We rehearse a varied selection of music throughout the day and put on an informal half-length concert in the evening. Lunch and coffee are provided, and there is plenty of time for a meal out before the concert and for going to the pub afterwards!

ORWO has its roots in the Oxford University Wind Orchestra (OUWO), and was originally formed to help ex-OUWO members keep in touch, but has evolved into a band where anyone of a reasonable standard is welcome. Many of our players did once play in OUWO, but most didn't; what we have in common is a relaxed attitude, a love of wind orchestra music, and a willingness to pick up unfamiliar repertoire with enthusiasm. So, whether you are a former or current member of OUWO, or just keen on wind bands, we would love to hear from you.

The band is conducted by Ian Rutt, at various times refounder, manager, tubist and conductor of OUWO. Ian also takes responsibility for woodwind sectionals. Brass and percussion sectionals are conducted by Alastair Wheeler, also a past member of the OUWO committee.

Repertoire varies considerably, but usually includes about 40-50 minutes of music each time. There's always some good original wind orchestra music, and a variety of transcriptions/arrangements of music from other sources. Take a look at the previous workshops page for example repertoire lists.

We now have a YouTube channel as well - please take a look!