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 exazmples 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.


A Space Odyssey

Saturday 24 November

BWE will journey into space with a varied programme that will feature the première of a BWE commissionby Christopher Hussey.


A Walk in the Woods

Saturday 1 December 2018

The Bloomsbury Band will perform a selection of pieces celebrating trees, woodlands and a few of the creatures that live in them.


Bandstand concert in Ruskin Park

Sunday 1 July 2018

BWE entertained a samily audience relaxing in deck chairs provided by the wonderful Friends of the Park.


Flowers, Dogs and Midsummer

Saturday 23 June 2018

The Bloomsbury Band entertained participants in the Beckenham Place flower and dog show.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday 9 June

It has become a tradition for the Bloiomsbury Band to perform annually at a charity event on the Isle of Wight. This year's perfiormance was as successful as ever.


Russian Fire

Saturday 12 May 2018

BWE performed a dramatic, concert of Russian scores with Sarah Markham as the soloist in Glazunov’s enthralling Saxophone Concerto.

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