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Symphonic Wind Band Events

under the direction of our distinguished conductor and arranger:

Tom Milford BA (Music) FLCM LRSM MISM

What we do …..


Wind Band Play Days

Our Wind Band Play Days are held at Culford School, Suffolk and are open to musicians 16 and over with a minimum playing standard of around grade 4 or equivalent. Please click here to find out more.


Wind Band Weekends

Our music weekends are open to all woodwind, brass, string bass and percussion instrumentalists over the age of 18 who have a minimum standard of grade 6/7 or equivalent. Please see below for details:

Our weekends can be booked on either a residential or non-residential basis. For those staying with us, you will arrive during the evening on Friday to settle into your accommodation and then join us for a buffet meal and casual get together. Symphonic band rehearsals commence on Saturday morning and continue throughout the day, with breaks for meals and light refreshments. Non-residential guests have the choice to either arrive on Friday evening for the buffet and to socialise with other musicians, or to join us in time for the first rehearsal on the Saturday morning.

Saturday evening provides the opportunity to take part in smaller ensembles such as wind , brass, saxophone, clarinet ensembles depending on the requirements of our guests and a chance to wind down and relax in the bar or make use of our venue’s leisure facilities.

Sunday sees a similar format with the addition of a run through / informal concert of a selection of the music rehearsed throughout the weekend to an audience of friends and family, before musicians disperse later in the afternoon.

Past Weekends:

Why not take a look at some photos from some of our last events:

Culford School April 2022, Ellesmere College, Shropshire, August 2022, Culford School October 2022 , Culford School April 2023, Ellesmere College, Shropshire, August 2023 or Culford School November 2023,

Upcoming Weekends:

Culford School, Bury St Edmunds, 1st – 3rd November 2024

Ellesmere College, Shropshire 16th – 18th August 2024


If you aren’t ready to book yet but would like to register your interest in future events, please contact us and we will add you to our mailing list.

Please explore our website to find out more.



What our visitors say….

Tom strikes just the right balance of authority, encouragement and knowing when a player really has hit the limit.

I enjoyed meeting new people. Excellent musical content throughout the course. Brilliant atmosphere amongst the players. I felt comfortable and welcomed by everyone.

‘All in all it was superb’

‘I just want to say a huge thank you to Tom for reigniting my love for music’

‘Amazing standard of music and some lovely people to play it with. Thank you’

‘A good mix of music to suit all standards of musicians attending’

‘Practical organisation and attention to detail was second to none’

‘Tom is an outstanding conductor and the standard of musicianship overall was fantastic’

‘Probably the best ensemble I have had the pleasure to be part of’


Our ethos

We believe music should be enjoyable and fun while still working hard to achieve the best possible sound.

Our aim is to support and develop your individual instrumental performance and ensemble playing by exposure to challenging wind band repertoire, utilising Tom’s extensive knowledge and experience in the world of the symphonic wind band,

Our rehearsals are intensive yet well structured and engaging. During the weekend there is also the opportunity for leisure activities and meeting new friends.

Our Music

We aim to include a wide variety of styles of music at our rehearsal weekends, so there is something to suit all tastes and provide an interesting and challenging experience for everyone.

You can expect to encounter traditional classical overtures, modern symphonic arrangements, music from the shows, selections of popular music and more.

Our venues

We aim to choose venues which facilitate productive rehearsals, enjoyable leisure time and convenient travel. Please see our upcoming events to explore further.


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