Loughborough based, we are three friendly community wind bands welcoming players of all ages and abilities.

We have been meeting again since 12 September after meeting on Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic. Safety precautions are, of course, in place.

Maybe you have started or resumed playing a wind instrument during lockdown.  We have three bands, one of which is sure to be just what you are looking for. Why not contact us using the button at the bottom of the page and find out all you need to know!

+ + +  Tour to France and Belgium 2019  + + +

Members of CSWO and CCB experienced warm hospitality in France and Belgium on this their eighth tour. In addition to exceptionally well-attended concerts in De Panne and Cassel we spent a day in Ypres visiting some poignant reminders of WW1, performing in the market square and having the honour of taking part in The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Everyone found this ceremony a particularly moving and memorable part of the tour. Videos of some of our performances can be seen on YouTube and photos from the tour are in the gallery

+ + + Our next Tour + + +

We are in the planning stages of a visit to Loughborough’s twin town in Germany for August 2022.

 + + + Previous Band Tours + + +

We enjoyed a tour in Dublin in 2017, staying at Trinity College.  The orchestra performed in Christchurch Cathedral, Howth Church and Castletown House. We also had plenty of time for sightseeing including visits to the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol,  the book of Kells, and a boat trip on the River Liffey. More photos are in the gallery.

In 2015 players from CSWO and CCB took part in the Edinburgh Fringe. Click here to read an in-depth account of the visit which was organised by Rayburn Tours, and here for a summary by one of our members.

If you would like to have fun and enjoyment playing interesting music regularly, click on your choice of bands below, there’s sure to be one to match your abilities

Charnwood Symphonic Wind Orchestra (CSWO)

The CSWO, under the musical direction of Judy Nicol, performs for concerts, private engagements and special events

Charnwood Concert Band (CCB)

The CCB, conducted by Mike Cooper, performs mainly for bandstands, fetes and occasional concerts with the training band

Charnwood Training Band

The Training Band, under the musical direction of  Penny Tolley and Sarah Brown is a safe haven for inexperienced players to find their feet musically.

“No Strings Attached”

A smaller group of players from the Symphonic Wind Orchestra will perform at private engagements on request.


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