Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble

The ensemble

The Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble (BWE) was founded in 1993 by the musician, composer, and inventor of the ‘Lyons C Clarinet’ Graham Lyons. The ensemble continues to thrive under the direction of Shea Lolin, who was appointed in March 2005. 


Membership is open to adult players of flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophones.

Our music

The group invites composers and arrangers to make bespoke transcriptions and arrangements. In recent years we have become increasingly ambitious giving both a challenge to the ensemble and interest for our audiences. Our music director commissions arrangements to devise concert programmes with a theme, rather than a collection of unrelated scores.


You can listen to examples of the music we play in our main concert from a selection of recordings of concerts dating back to 2008.


BWE at St George's Holborn, 2016 Shea conducting BWE at the concert in St George's Holborn in May 2016

The Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble usually presents two major concerts each year. We also perform less formally in garden squares or on band stands in the summer.


Our concerts usually have a theme such as our Wind Musique concert at St John's Waterloo in May 2014 which traced the story of the development of music for wind ensemble culminating a new composition for the ensemble by Alan Taylor. In November 2015 the theme of the concert was Sounds from the Sea; while in May 2016 the inspiration came from birds and birdsong


You can listen to tracks selected from recordings of concerts dating back to 2008.

Our music director

Shea Lolin, Music Director

Shea Lolin studied at the Colchester Institute School of Music with Charles Hine and Angela Fussell for performance, Alan Bullard for composition and Christopher Phelps for conducting. While at ‘The Institute’, Shea won several awards including the John Myatt Cup for Solo Woodwind.


Shea is music director of the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble, City Wind Orchestra and the East London Clarinet Choir in addition to freelance conducting engagements for rehearsals, concerts and recordings and his schedule has placed him throughout Europe. In 2014 Shea conducted the Czech Philharmonic for a recording devoted to the woodwind orchestra. Shea has conducted several world premieres, having secured funding from all the major awarding bodies.


He is passionate about music education; artistic director of the ‘Woodwind Orchestra Play Day’ at premiere venues throughout the country, providing amateur musicians with valuable playing opportunities. As a liturgical musician, Shea is the director of music and organist for the Catholic parish of Manor Park. See for further details.


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.


Seasonal music at BT

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Members of the Bloomsbury Band and BWE played carols and other seasonal music to raise money for charity.

The Colours of the Winds

Saturday 7 December 2019

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


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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