This weekend the Western Australian Wind Symphony recorded their entry into this year’s Australian National Online Festival of Bands!

The inaugural online-only festival, developed as a result of continuing COVID restrictions in Australia, allows concert bands around the country to continue to celebrate their musical performances without the hindrance of costly (and potentially lengthy, due to shifting quarantine requirements) travel arrangements. As each state continues to update travel restrictions, grappling with the ever-changing nature of the disease, the Australian National Band Championships and the Band Association of NSW have partnered to create the online event, with entries being streamed online over Easter 2021.

Entries will be adjudicated and awarded based on a four-tier award system as opposed to the traditional point placings and titles method used in live-venue performances. Ensembles are also provided valuable recorded adjudications back from the festival once results are finalised.

The WA Wind Symphony held a public recording session at the Paul Latham Auditorium, Churchlands Senior High School over the weekend, with an audience of loyal supporters present to cheer the team on – and get a second chance to hear some of James Barnes’ epic Third Symphony.

Following the success of the Wind Symphony’s performance last weekend in Requiem: Love & Loss at the Perth Concert Hall, the ensemble brought back their unique and passionate performance (albeit in a smaller venue!) to record the following works for their entry submission:

Twelve Gallon Hat, Julie Giroux
Be Thou My Vision, Trad. arr. Travis J. Cross
The Bandwagon, Philip Sparke
Mvt. 3 & 4, Symphony No. 3, James Barnes

Stay tuned for more updates and information on where and when to watch the Festival when it streams this Easter!

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