The King's Philharmonic Wind Orchestra

An ensemble for those who want more

The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble based in Aberdeen and is open to all professionally-aspiring musicians. The ensemble presents a challenging repertoire of opera and orchestral classics, wind orchestra originals, as well as premiers of commissioned compositions – here in Scotland, as well as on tour. The Orchestra is dedicated to provide young composers with the opportunity to write for a large wind ensemble, and to frequently work with emerging solo artists.        

Tobias Patrick Wolf FRSA
Music Director

Ben Jason Light
Orchestral Manager

Prof. Derek Ogston CBE
Margaret Carlaw MUniv

Prof. Paul Mealor OStJ
Dr. Robert Lovie
Honorary Presidents



Apply now for a seat in the orchestra!

The Orchestra is open to both aspiring professionals as well as musicians with grade 7/8+ or equivalent standard from all universities, schools and the wider community who are keen to play challenging music and an attitude prepared to work intensively in only few rehearsal workshops leading up to the performances. International applicants who are staying for the full term are welcome to apply. Membership in the orchestra is by invitation, as well as through applications online. Some applicants might be invited to an audition that will be held in the MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen, or via online interview. Please get in touch now with this application form:

Composition Opportunities

We strive to provide emerging composers with the opportunity to have their works performed in a professional setting by talented musicians. The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra regularly work with composers from all around the globe and commissioned works of new contemporary classical music is play a major part in the orchestra’s programming. If you are a composer seeking for opportunities, do not hesitate to get in touch with the orchestra management.

Conducting Scholarship

The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra in collaboration with the un poco network offers a conducting scholarship every year to an aspiring conductor who wishes to perfect their skills in front of various music ensembles. The breadth of the scholarship covers score preparation, basics of orchestral management and of course conducting skills, culminating in the scholar conducting the orchestra during a concert performance.

How to apply for the conducting scholarship?

First, it’s worthwhile taking some time to find out more about the orchestra and other ensembles within the un poco network. You can do this by browsing through the various sections of this website. Have a look at what happened in the past, and be up to date with the current projects and upcoming performances. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. Should you need any accommodations to take part in any of our opportunities, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know.