HWE -“The Mansion”

Sunday May 21st 2023 at 5.00pm

Venue: St Georges Anglican Church, Warncliffe Road, East Ivanhoe.
Guest Artist/Soloist - Niels Bijl


“Overture to Candide” arr. Clare Grundman
“The Best of all Possible Worlds”,
“Westphalia Chorale and Battle Music”,
“Glitter and Be Gay”,
“Make Our Garden Grow”.


“Folksongs for Band – Suite No. 2”


“Mansion” Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Wind Band
Soloist: Niels Bijl


“Concertino for Alto Saxophone and 12 winds”
Soloist: Niels Bijl


“Ouverture für Harmoniemusik” ed. Asbill and Geraldi


“BATUQUE: Danza di Negri”
from Suite Brasiliana “Reisado do Pastoreio” for Wind Band

The Heidelberg Wind Ensemble (HWE) unites exciting programming with the unique sound of the wind band, which you can experience in the sonorous setting of the Robin Boyd designed church, St George East Ivanhoe.

Be enticed by music you may recognise by the composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Leonard Bernstein, Dimitri Shostakovich, and Felix Mendelssohn.  Discover international pillars of the wind band repertoire from Ticheli, Green, Buis and Sparke, and hear Australian composers David Stanhope David Keeffe and Barry McKimm.

With the friendship that has developed with various soloists over the years, it is with great enthusiasm that Heidelberg Wind Ensemble presents our concert season for 2023 with the amazing performances skills of three individual soloists, one at each concert: Niels Bijl (Saxophones), Jason Xanthoudakis (Bass Clarinet) and Ming Yeung Li (Trombone).


We are excited to announce a new collaboration with Internationally acclaimed Dutch saxophonist Niels Bijl, who now calls Australia home, and is saxophone lecturer at Monash University. He joins us for Concert One performing two saxophone solo works. This concert program includes the Australian Première of “Concertino for Alto Saxophone and 12 Winds” by Ed Green and “Mansion” by Folkert Buis (both Australian Premières).

Niels, recently emigrating to Melbourne from The Netherlands, and is a Saxophone soloist of the very first order. His background as an exceptional exponent of all genres of music written and arranged for saxophones, presents two amazing pieces for this first concert. Green’s work is the first of two of his pieces included in the 2023 season.

An essential element to this program is the original work for Wind Band by the 16-year-old Mendelssohn: “Ouverture für Harmoniemusik”. The Australian in the program is David Stanhope and his “Folksongs for Band – Suite No. 2”.