The Oxford University Wind Orchestra gives a large number of woodwind, brass and percussion players from across the University the opportunity to perform in a successful, friendly and talented ensemble. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings during Full Term, culminating in at least one concert per term, with recent venues including the University Church, Keble College Chapel, the Wesley Memorial Church and St John’s College Auditorium.
OUWO is run and conducted entirely by students. A new conductor is appointed in Trinity Term each year following auditions in front of the whole orchestra; often (but not always) the conductor is appointed from within the ranks of the orchestra. You can view the current committee online. We pride ourselves on our friendly and relaxed atmosphere and lively social life, especially our post-concert parties!
Membership of OUWO is normally by audition at the beginning of the academic year. For more information, or if you wish to be considered for membership at any other point in the academic year, please see the page on joining OUWO. We are affiliated to OUMS, the Oxford University Music Society, and many of our members also perform in one or more of the other OUMS ensembles. For more information on the great work that OUMS does for music in Oxford see the video below.