The multi award-winning Kew Wind Orchestra is one of Britain’s top non-professional wind orchestras.
Formed in 1984, it is renowned for its popular and challenging repertoire of symphonic, classical and jazz music. The band performs under the baton of conductor Tom Griffiths and has played in top venues around the country including St John’s, Smith Square in London, the Birmingham Conservatoire and The Sage, Gateshead. In recent years the band has toured to France, Spain, Holland, Malta, Germany and Slovakia.
KWO is proud to have won a succession of platinum awards at the National Concert Band finals, commissioned a number of world premieres by acclaimed composers and performed with leading soloists including trumpeter Phil Cobb, trombonist Mark Templeton, and clarinetist Linda Merrick. The band is honoured to have recorded two CDs featuring world-class guest soloists including internationally acclaimed trumpeter Rex Richardson, Black Dyke’s euphonium Dave Thornton, Bones Apart trombonist Becky Smith and singer Louise Marshall – a member of Jools Holland’s band.
The band is an entirely self-supporting community band and rehearses every Thursday in Richmond, south west London. We are always on the lookout for talented and committed new players!
Musical Director – Tom Griffiths
Tom Griffiths began his musical career at the age of 9 playing the cornet in his local brass band and the West Sussex County ensembles. Tom also attended the Junior Guildhall School of Music, where he first discovered his passion for conducting, under the tutelage of Michal Omer. Tom was awarded a place at the Royal College of Music to study a bachelor’s degree where he continued to study conducting alongside his main instrument, the trumpet.
As a scholar at the RCM, Tom also went on to complete a master’s degree obtaining a distinction. Whilst at the RCM Tom’s passion for chamber music led to him becoming a founder member of the highly-acclaimed ensemble Kensington Brass.
Tom is also an alumnus of the European Union Youth Orchestra, having played with the orchestra on their marathon 2016 summer tour under the direction of Vasily Petrenko and Bernard Haitink.
Able to turn his hands to a variety of styles, Tom is fortunate enough to have performed with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Zone One Brass, and English Touring Opera, as well as the UK’s busiest brass quintet, Oompah Brass.
Alongside performing, Tom is an enthusiastic and committed educator. He currently holds teaching posts at a number of the country’s leading independent schools, including St George’s School Windsor Castle, Bradfield College and North London Collegiate School. Leading ensembles and coaching have increasingly become central aspects of his portfolio of work.