Australian Wind Symphony

Captivating. Engaging. Brilliant.


The Australian Wind Symphony is a national touring wind ensemble celebrating contemporary classical art music. Comprised of the finest instrumentalists across Australia, this ensemble has its roots with the pioneering Canberra Wind Symphony.

Founded in 2015 the orchestra is based in the Capital Region of the ACT and NSW. A founding principle is to fly the flag for new music by living composers. In 2018 they world-premiered Winds of Hope by Australian composer Michael Dooley. Written specifically for them, this work will enter the catalogue of Australian music for this genre.

Co-owned by Australian Flautist, (and the founder of Armchair Philanthropy), Sarah Grey, and multi-awarded wind ensemble specialist, Geoff Grey, the Australian Wind Symphony provides new opportunities for up to 40 professional wind and percussion players working in quality venues with a professional conductor, supported by specialised marketing, rehearsal and operational services, and access to tens-of-thousands of dollars’ worth of sheet music, percussion and performance equipment.

After launching at the ACT Legislative Assembly, this trailblazing ensemble is one of only a few platforms for the emerging wind ensemble genre in Australia. It has collaborated with the pre-eminent US St Olaf Band at the Australian National University, was the first wind symphony to be included in an International Music Festival in Australia, and in 2019 became the first independent wind ensemble to pay players full-fee for an event. Players have also worked with luminary Australian artists Marina Prior and Ed Wilson.

How will your philanthropy help? There are a number of ongoing expenses in running AWS which take a slice out of the players’ performance fee. Philanthropising AWS will offset these expenses, thereby enabling the musicians to take home a better payment for their professional services.

Unfortunately the governmental arts bodies do not recognise professional wind ensembles as an art form, which means there is no general funding for our genre.

Your philanthropisation will cover:

  • insurance
  • promotional expenses (running the website & web-app program notes, poster printing, social media boost campaigns)
  • performance venue hire fees
  • rehearsal venue hire fees
  • sheet music purchase (often from living composers)
  • commissions of new music
  • hearing protection for the musicians
  • incidental auxiliary percussion (eg. one piece we play required purchase of the ACME Whistle!)
  • AWS freight and logistics expenses
  • photographers, videographers and video editing
  • Touring expenses … and more!

How will Philanthropists benefit?

New 2021 philanthropists can access our special discounted ticket price.

Philanthropists receive 1 complimentary ticket per $12.50 value of philanthropy to all of our performances.

Philanthropists also receive exclusive gifts, offers, the occasional special event, and discounts.

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All philanthropy benefits are at the discretion of the individual artist.