Bristol Concert Wind Band are a friendly community wind band which have been performing in Bristol, UK for over 30 years. We perform regularly at venues throughout Bristol and the surrounding area, performing both formal and informal concerts as well as park gigs in the summer.

The BCWB family are made up of many bands and groups. We cater for advanced players in the Concert Band, intermediate and improving players in Blown Away! and Winds of Change, and also run learner courses for complete beginners.

A Strong Start to the Year for Bristol Concert Wind Band

Bristol Concert Wind Band has started 2016 on a strong footing with the appointment of a new musical director and two formal concerts in Bath and Henleaze. In April BCWB were invited to play a concert in aid of Tumaini Children's Charity. The moving concert, laced with a animal-themed programme was a great success, raising over £1,000 for children in Kenya.

Just a month later BCWB held their annual Spring Concert at Trinity Henleaze United Reformed Church, allowing our new MD Paul Hornsby to showcase his and the band's hard work over just 10 weeks!

We are now looking forward to an eventful Summer, with BCWB playing in Bath and Blaise Castle Estate in July and August, and all the other bands and groups performing in various locations around Bristol between June and September. For more information see our events page!

Tickets Available for BCWB's Spring Concert!

Tickets are now available for our annual Spring Concert at Trinity Henleaze United Reformed Church on Saturday 14th May at 7:30pm. Our new musical director Paul Hornsby will be conducting his second concert in less than three months of filling the role!

Tickets are £6 when booked in advance, £8 on the door. Children are free and BCWB members can come at a discounted rate of £2.

Our programme will feature an eclectic mix of pieces including Fantasia, choral piece Contre Qui Rose and an American Elegy, as well as highlights from our concert in aid of Tumaini Children's Charity on 16th April.

You can find out ways to get hold of tickets by heading to our events page!

Tickets Available for Tumaini Children's Charity Concert

Tickets are now available to purchase for Bristol Concert Wind Band's first concert of the year - a special fundraising concert in aid of Tumaini Children's Charity.

Tumaini Children's Charity are an organisation based in Bath that raises money to support vulnerable children through education and practical support. Their main project is the Tumaini Brooks Centre in Kiambu, a primary and secondary educational facility, as well as providing counselling and social support to local families.

BCWB will be playing an animal themed programme for the concert, which will be held at Kingswood School, Bath on the 16th April at 7pm. Tickets are £7 and can be purchased directly from Tumaini Children's Charity. We look forward to seeing you!

BCWB Welcomes Paul Hornsby as New Musical Director

Bristol Concert Wind Band has welcomed Paul Hornsby to the family as our new Musical Director after a two month audition and interview process. His appointment follows the resignation of our former MD Rainer Dolz in September 2015 due to personal reasons.

Paul has been a freelance musician and instrumental tutor for over 25 years, including directing numerous bands and groups in Wales and Bristol and teaching instrumental woodwind to primary and secondary students. He has also adjudicated for national and regional concert band festivals, and been an examiner for A Level Music Technology.

In 2013, Paul retired from a long and very successful career climbing the ladder of Gwent Music Support Service. His work at the service resulted in more than 35 national awards with both adult and youth bands and groups, as well as assuming roles at Head of Woodwind, Senior Assistant Head of Service and eventually Deputy Head of Service. His work allowed the establishment of the Standards of Teaching and Learning (S.O.T.A.L) team, responsible for quality assurance across all disciplines, as well as providing support and mentoring to all instrumental and vocal tutors.

Aside from music, Paul is a keen photographer, enjoys travelling the world, and rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle!

Paul began conducting BCWB at the beginning of March. We've dropped Paul right in at the deep end as well! Our first concert under his direction will be on Saturday 16th April when the band will be taking to the stage in Bath in aid of Tumaini Children's Charity. Then our annual Spring Concert will be held on Saturday 14th May in Henleaze. For more information on upcoming events see our events page.