Highlights of the Group's history

BWE performing at St George's Bloomsbury, 2012 Shea conducting BWE at St George's Bloomsbury, 2012

1993
Graham Lyons founds the London School of Pharmacy Flute & Clarinet Choir which evolves into the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble.

 

2005
Shea Lolin appointed as music director.


2006
The Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble gives the world première of their first commissioned work, The Zoo Keeper by Ruth Young, as part of the Newham Music Month festival.


2008
Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble gives the world première of Twisted Skyscape by Christopher Hussey at the Riverside Studios, London as part of the adopt-a-composer scheme.

David rehearsing BWE2 (now the Band) in 2013 David rehearsing BWE2 (now the Band) in 2013

2009
David Morris, appointed as music director for a new ensemble.


2010
Committee of the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble founds BWE2, a flute & clarinet choir.


2010
Bloomsbury Music Group forms and is registered as a charity.


2010
Celebratory concert of the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble and BWE2 held at St. John’s, Smith Square with the world première of Journey Through Time by Alan Bullard


2012
Bloomsbury Music Group concert held at LSO St Luke’s with the world première of Postcards by Jeffery Wilson.

 

2014
BWE2 moves to Lumen for rehearsals and is renamed the Bloomsbury Band of flutes and clarinets. 

Bloomsbury Music Group playing at BT Centre to raise money for charities, December 2014

2014

The Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble performs Lux Aeterna composed by Shea Lolin to mark his ten years as music director.

 

2014

Two successful concerts in November and December continue the longstanding tradition of raising money for charity. The group contributes just under £1000 to Nordoff Robbins, Childline and other charities.

2015

BWE performs Sinfonia Aqua. This new work commissioned from Martin Ellerby was enjoyed by a record audience of just under 200 people. Bass clarinet player and Band member, Carl Upsall contributes an original composition as well arrangements for the Bloomsbury Band concerts.

Shea conducts the first performance of Slavonika! at the BWE concert in November 2018

 

2017

BWE gives the première of Slavonika!. A new work commissioned from Philip Sparke.

 

2017

Two successful concerts in November and December continue the longstanding tradition of raising money for charity. The group contributes just under £1000 to St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney and to UNICEF. 

2018

BWE celebrates its 25th anniversary and the ten-year collaboration with Chris Hussey by giving the première of a new work by him called Child of the Wandering Sea.

Past Events

The gallery below features some of the fliers that our members have designed for us to promote our concerts.

Concerts

Past Present and Future

Saturday 2 May 2020

Present and former members of the Bloomsbury Band of Flutes will celebrate he 10th anniversary of the ensemble.

 

Into the Forest

Saturday 16 May 2020

The music in the programme of this BWE concert will invoke the strong sense of intrigue conjured up by forests.

News

The Colours of the Winds

Saturday 7 December 2019

The Bloomsbury Band entertained a packed house with a musical exploration of a spectrum colours 

Horizons

Saturday 23 November 2019

BWE offered its large audience musical visions of cities, buidlings and wider scenes.

Victoria Park Bandstand

Sunday 7 July 2019

The Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble played a varied and popular programme on the bandstand.

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