North Wind

North Wind comprise flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. We share a passion for music and performance and play a wide variety of music ranging from baroque through to contemporary.We have performed regularly together since 1999 in a variety of venues, primarily in the North of England.

As well as concerts, we have also played for weddings, memorial services, car launchings, art exhibitions and formal dinners. Our programmes are devised individually to provide a variety of musical styles for each occasion.

Previous Concerts and Events

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Birthday performance

A private birthday party took us to York to perform a selection chosen from Ibert Trois Piece Breves, Walton's Facade Suite, Reicha Quintet, Tea for Two, Mississippi Five, Hallum's Dance Suite as well as pieces by Sullivan, Elgar, and traditional folk arrangements.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

St James and St Basil

19th Century Art Song & Chamber Music was the title of a lunchtime concert at St James and St Basil in Fenham. Also performing in the concert were soprano Nicola Sugden with accompanist David Murray.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Critical Care Memorial Service

This our second year of playing at the annual memorial service, held at St George's Church, Jesmond, for the families of those who have passed away in Critical Care units at the Freeman and Royal Victoria hospitals. We played Skye Boat Song and Chrysanthemums (Puccini).

Sunday, 15 October 2017

St George's Church, Morpeth

North Wind played the ever popular Mississippi Five by Jim Parker in the 1st half of the Bewick Orchestra concert held in St George's Church, Morpeth, raising money for the Henry Dancer charity.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

'Wind Over the Water' at Cullercoats Lifeboat Station

The Cullercoats ladies lifeboat guild organised a very successful soiree held at the lifeboat station. Pre concert drinks and welcome was followed by an hour of music which included Gershwin's Promenade (Walking the dog), Derek Hobbs arrangement of Five Northumbrian Songs, Three Sea Shanties (Arnold) and finishing with Mississippi Five by Jim Parker. Canapes and drinks were served by the RNLI crew volunteers. £560 was raised for the Cullercoats RNLI.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

St Andrew's Church, Newcastle

Our second performance of Berio's Opus Number Zoo - at the New Tyneside Orchestra's  annual 'Musical Chairs' chamber concert held in St Andrew's Church in Newcastle.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Music for Candlemas

St James'Church, Morpeth, was the venue for a shared concert - 'Music for Candlemas', with the Colla Voce Chamber Choir. North Wind played Reicha's Wind Quintet in Eb, op. 88, no.2 and Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, combining with the choir for the traditional Corpus Christi Carol and 'Candlemas Eve' (Herrick).
Colla Voce sang a wide range of mostly unaccompanied motets and songs by Byrd, Howells, Berkeley starting, and finishing, with Hodi Beata Virgo Maria by Richard Shepherd.
A retiring collection was in aid of church funds and Medecins sans Frontiers.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Les Animaux

A soiree with an animal theme, in aid of Medicin sans Frontier, began with  Die Fledermaus overture, followed by The Three Ravens,  Messiaen: AbĂ®me des oiseaux (clarinet solo), and The Sweet Nightingale. Jim Parker's Mississippi Five ended the first half. Gershwin's Promenade (Walking the Dog),  Berio's Opus Number Zoo and Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals (accompanied by our guest pianist Malcolm Moffat) concluded the evening. 

Saturday, 28 November 2015

The Abbots House

Our 8th visit to the Abbots House presented a programme of music with an American connection.
Norman Hallam's Dance Suite was followed by our first performance of Dvorak's 'American' string quartet, arranged for wind quintet by David Walter. After the interval, Ravel's tenuous connection to America allowed us to play his Mother Goose Suite which was followed by Mississippi Five (Jim Parker). The Northumbrian tune 'Maa Bonny Lad' was played as an encore.
Proceeds of the concert were sent to Medecins Sans Frontiers.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

St Mary Magdalene Church, Mitford

The Bewick Orchestra opened the concert with  the overture to Don Giovanni. North Wind then performed 4 British Folk Tunes, followed by the Bewick Orchestra strings playing Britten's 'Simple Symphony'. North Wind then played Paul Patterson's 'Westerly Winds' and the concert ended with Beethoven's 8th Symphony, conducted by Stephen Pettitt.