City of Hull Youth Symphonic Wind Band

City of Hull Youth Symphonic Wind Band

The City of Hull Youth Symphonic Wind Band (also known as The Albemarle Wind Band) is one of Hull's Music Service's many ensembles open to young players from across Hull. The Band meets on Monday nights at The Albemarle Music Centre, to rehearse and perform a wide range of musical genres and styles. All ensembles run by Hull Music Service are FREE to join, thanks to generous support by Hull City Council and Arts Council England. Hull Music Service is Lead Partner for Hull Music Hub.

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Arun Ghosh clarinet
City of Hull Youth Symphonic Wind Band

British-Asian clarinetist and composer Arun Ghosh presents a new composition for wind orchestra and percussion, inspired by water, ritual and metaphysical journeys.

Bringing together forces of young Northern musicians alongside professional players, Ambhas is a large-scale performance piece that draws on ancient heritage and beliefs.

‘Ambhas’, a Sanskrit word for water, and a Celtic word meaning ‘well’ or ‘good’, is the origin of the name of the River Humber.

Evoking the spirit of the Vikings and water travellers, Ambhas reimagines ancient journey rituals, expressing our metaphysical relationships to rivers, the sea and celestial waters.


This piece is part of PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2019. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page:

Commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust.


NMC Biennial is generously supported by the following committed patrons, funders and partners:



The performance of Ambhas was recorded live by the BBC at Southbank Centre, London on 6 July 2019 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 6 July 2019.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201904
Release Date:
13 September 2019