This December, the Oxford University Wind Orchestra and their conductor Chloe Rooke are crossing the Atlantic for a groundbreaking tour. After a long campaign of fundraising, their crowdfunding page closes on Monday 13th November. Over the course of 10 days, OUWO will be performing and working with a number top USA Wind Orchestras, including the University of Massachusetts, Tufts, Cornell, Brown and Princeton. The US and the UK both have leading wind orchestra traditions, and the orchestra are looking forward to learning more about the US tradition and the music that it has cultivated as well as sharing the large body of British repertoire. They also see this tour as a springboard into relationships that will be of great benefit for the musical life in Oxford for the future. They feel that the tour also has the potential to demonstrate, through musical collaboration, the power of world-leading universities to act as beacons of international unity and collaboration at a time of political unrest.
The whole orchestra have been working incredibly hard to raise enough funds to make the tour happen, with concerts, cake sales, and even half marathons! They are incredibly grateful to everyone who has already donated – to colleges and other donors – and are now looking to crowdfund the remaining total and ensure the tour is accessible to all members regardless of their financial background. They are hoping to raise £4,500 needed to meet their target by the time the campaign closes on Monday 13th November.