Cardiff University Symphonic Winds

Our Symphonic Winds ensemble will perform pieces from throughout the centuries, from Thomas Tallis to John Adams.

2017 sees the introduction of Cardiff University Symphonic Winds to the list of School-led ensembles in which students are given encouragement and support to continue the development of their performance skills.

Symphonic Winds will give regular concerts and continue to participate in the National Concert Band Festival (NCBF), following in the footsteps of their very successful predecessors the Wind Orchestra.

Director: David Gordon-Shute

David trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. Through the fantastic experiences of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra came a passion for music, both playing and teaching.

David regularly freelances with the major London orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the BBC Orchestras and has enjoyed playing on various soundtracks including The Two Towers and Zero Dark Thirty. David has been the tuba teacher at Eton College since 2001, receiving a promotion in 2009 to Head of Brass. In addition, he has coached the tuba section of the National Youth Orchestra, the brass section of the Herts County Youth Orchestra and given masterclasses all over the world with Onyx Brass including the Juilliard School in New York.

David currently holds the posts of Founder/Member Onyx Brass, Principal Tuba in the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Orchestra for Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Head of Brass at Eton College.