RNCM Wind Ensemble

RNCM Wind Ensemble

The Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra is recognised as one of the leading conservatoire ensembles in the world: through a unique series of concerts, commissions, broadcasts and professional recordings, the RNCM Wind Orchestra has transformed the repertoire and performance standards of wind ensemble music in the UK. 

The RNCM Wind Orchestra was the first conservatoire ensemble to be invited to perform at the BBC Proms, and has also performed at Festivals such as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, Spitalfields, and the Three Choirs, as well as festivals in Holland, Japan, Switzerland and Poland. In 2000 the RNCM was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for its outstanding and pioneering work with the Wind Orchestra.

Rundell, Clark


Clark Rundell is Director of Contemporary Music and Head of Conducting at the RNCM, and Artistic Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's new music Group, Ensemble 10/10. He studied trombone and conducting at Northwestern University, Chicago, and was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship to study conducting with Timothy Reynish at the RNCM. He regularly conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he made his début in 1987, as well as the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Hallé and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom he recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

Deeply committed to the performance of new music, Clark has given world premières of works by composers including Louis Andriessen, Django Bates, David Bedford, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

A highly versatile musician, Clark served for fourteen years as Director of Jazz Studies at the RNCM, and has performed with artists such as John Dankworth, Bob Brookmeyer, Cleo Laine and Andy Sheppard. As an arranger, he has worked with Louis Andriessen and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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Graham Flack

Reynish, Timothy


Timothy Reynish studied horn and was a music scholar at Cambridge, working under Raymond Leppard and Sir David Willcocks. He held principal horn positions with the Northern Sinfonia, Sadler's Wells Opera (now ENO) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. A prize winner in the Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition in New York, he has conducted concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé and the London Symphony Orchestra.

In 1975 he was invited by Sir Charles Groves to become tutor for the Postgraduate Conducting Course at RNCM; two years later he succeeded Philip Jones as Head of School of Wind and Percussion, a post he retired from after over a quarter of a century.

He was President of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles from 2001 to 2002. In 2005 he assumed the post of Senior Professor in Woodwind and Brass at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and conducted the Wind Ensemble in a gala concert celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Guildhall.

Timothy was awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship in 1982 which enabled him to study the development and repertoire of the American symphonic wind band movement. In the past two decades he developed the wind orchestra and ensemble of the RNCM to become recognized as one of the best in the world.

Heron, Mark


Mark Heron, an emerging Scottish conductor, is the music director of the Nottingham Philharmonic, University of Manchester Symphony and Liverpool Mozart Orchestras. As a member of the conducting department at the RNCM, Mark works regularly with the full range of the College's orchestras and ensembles; as a guest conductor he has worked with many professional ensembles including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Festival Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Dedicated to working with young musicians, in addition to his work at the RNCM, Mark has worked with ensembles from the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Tilburg and Maastricht Conservatories (Netherlands), National Youth Wind Orchestra of Israel, and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Mark has a keen interest in contemporary music and has given world premières of many important works. He has collaborated with composers including Magnus Lindberg, James MacMillan, Mark Anthony Turnage, Giya Kancheli and Unsuk Chin; he has recorded five CDs with the RNCM Wind Orchestra.

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Adam Gorb is best known for his award-winning music for symphonic wind ensemble, and this recording features Towards Nirvana - a reflection on the life and teachings of Buddha - as well as the exuberant Scenes from Bruegel, illuminating the painter's depictions of human folly. The recording is completed with Ascent – inspired by Cézanne’s almost Cubist paintings of Mont Sainte-Victoire – and Farewell.

All these works are recorded by the the Royal Northern College's acclaimed Wind Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell, Timothy Reynish and Mark Heron.



'This CD is a must for all connoisseurs of the wind ensemble, with each piece performed to the highest standard by the RMCM Wind Orchestra' Winds Music Magazine

'A recording that captures the music's impact but also its delicacy in full measure ... a worthwhile release' Gramophone


This recording was financially supported by Royal Northern College of Music Research Funding.


Ascent and Scenes from Bruegel were recorded on 27 January 2009; Farewell was recorded on 26 October 2009 and Towards Nirvana on 27 October 2009. All works were recorded at the RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester.

Recording Producer/ Digital Editing: PAUL HINDMARSH
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

Cover image: © Regien Paassen: Candles at swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

(P) 2010 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2010 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC D154
Release Date:
14 May 2010