Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr Warwick Potter, is QYO’s leading wind orchestra, offering up to 75 positions for advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players. WS performs major original works for wind orchestra, world premiéres and arrangements of symphonic and popular repertoire. Planned repertoire for 2018 includes music by Edward Elgar, Nigel Hess and Gustav Holst and a new premiére work from Zac Cassard and Katherine Summit. In 2018, WS will play in three Concerts at Twilight at the Old Museum Concert Hall and the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC.
• 75-member wind orchestra
• Advanced wind orchestra repertoire
• Conductor: Dr Warwick Potter (since 2010)
• Rehearsals: Fridays 7.00pm-9.30pm at the Old Museum Building
• Sectional tutorials: on selected Fridays during rehearsal time
• Weekend music camp: Luther Heights, Coolum, Fri 2 to Sun 4 Mar 2018
• Min. AMEB Grade 7 (guide only)
• Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 23 years
• Flute (7), piccolo (2), oboe (2), cor anglais (1)
• Clarinet Bb (18), Eb soprano clarinet (1), Eb alto clarinet (1)
• Bass clarinet (2), contrabass clarinet (1)
• Bassoon (4), contrabassoon (1)
• Alto saxophone (2), tenor saxophone (1), baritone saxophone (1)
• French horn (4), trumpet (6), trombone (4), bass trombone (1),
• Euphonium (2), tuba (3)
• Double bass (2)
• Percussion (5)
Conductor Warwick Potter
Warwick Potter is one of Australia’s leading conductors. He has conducted Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St.John’s, Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions. He is currently the specialist Education Conductor to CSO and he conducted performances across a range of portfolios including education, family, outdoor spectaculars, concerto competitions and subscription concerts. He enjoys a protean career – collaborations include those with Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Bolshoi Ballet.
Recently tenured at the University of Queensland (UQ), he currently conducts UQ Symphony Orchestra (UQSO), UQ Wind Ensemble, Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony and Brisbane City Pops Orchestra. He is Coordinator of Winds at the School of Music, UQ where his other duties include lecturing in instrumental conducting, bassoon performance lecturing, wind/brass performance practice skills, chamber music and advanced conducting.
A committed music educationalist, Warwick has also conducted for MOST, State Honours Education Program, Great Public Schools’ Music Day, Queensland Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Youth Symphony in the youth sector. He was technical consultant for the current Australian Music Examination Board’s bassoon syllabus and was keynote speaker at QSO’s 2014 Education launch. Warwick is in increasing demand as an adjudicator and has recently worked for Education Queensland as a Fanfare adjudicator.
He trained at Royal College of Music, London where he was awarded every bassoon prize including an Exhibition Scholarship. He studied bassoon with Kerrison Camden, Geoffrey Gambold and John Burness. He enjoyed a successful freelance career in the United Kingdom including many concerti appearances after winning the 1992 Hastings National Concerto Competition.
In 2014 Warwick conducted CSO in its Noteworthyeducation week, directed UQSO through Elgar’s Enigma Variations, made his debut with Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra in NSW and collaborated with American Ballet Theatre during its successful season at QPAC.