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Festivo Winds are a dynamic Wind Quintet based in Manchester and London. Formed in December of 2017 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the group has achieved notable competition successes which include picking up the ‘Audience Favourite’ Prize at the RNCM Christopher Rowland Chamber Group of the Year’ Competition, and winning the John Fewkes Woodwind Chamber Prize and the June Emerson Launchpad Award. They recently made it to the finals of the Tunnell Trust Chamber Awards and were shortlisted by the Kirckman Concert Society. Festivo Winds specialise in the core repertoire for wind quintet and have been invited to perform at a number of prestigious festivals and venues such as the Buxton International Festival, Manchester Chamber Concerts Society, Lake District Summer Music International Festival, Music Coll - the Tunnell Trust - and have given well received performances at numerous venues across the North West of the UK.
Festivo has a keen interest in promoting arrangements and brand new works from emerging composers. As a result of this, the group has performed over 20 new compositions to date at major venues and events including the Bridgewater Hall, the RNCM Chamber Music Festival and Gold Medal Competition, and at the Manchester Museum - when the group performed at an exciting collaboration of PhD students compositions that were inspired by health data. In February 2019, Festivo Winds performed as a live art exhibition at the opening of a brand new collaboration with Yoko Ono at the Leeds Art University’s new gallery wing. The group have previously taken part in the launch of the “Start the Music” Scheme at St Aidan’s High School in Harrogate and the “FridayLive” scheme in Cumbria, performing and delivering workshops to students of mixed ages throughout primary and high schools across Cumbria.
Individually, the members hold a number of personal accolades and successes, and between them have performed with esteemed ensembles including the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal National Scottish Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Nederlands Blazers Ensemble.
While studying at the RNCM Festivo Winds received coaching from the Haffner Wind Ensemble, Kevin Gowland, Rob Buckland, Laura Jellicoe and Stefano Canuti. In July 2019 they were invited to attend the prestigious Tunnell Trust intensive chamber course - Music Coll - where they received coaching from Timothy Brown and Lis Dooner.