Our founder

It is with sadness that the Trustees of SLCM announce the passing, on September 5, 2023, of Bob Bridges, the Music Director Emeritus of South London Community Music. Under the umbrella organisation of SLCM, Bob was instrumental in setting up and conducting South London Symphonic Winds, South London Jazz Orchestra, and London Sings!. Although he had stepped down from his active conducting roles a few years ago he was always interested in what the organisation and its members were doing in spite of his failing health.

We hope to celebrate his life and contribution to SLCM with various events over the coming months.

South London Symphonic Winds is a community wind band based in Brixton. We play a wide range of classical arrangements, marches, popular music, and modern pieces.

Our principal aim is to create an environment in which a diverse set of people of all ages and backgrounds have fun making music together!

The band performs regularly around London and further afield. We have recently played at Central Hall Westminster, Trafalgar Square, the Imperial War Museum, and the London Marathon – as well as many local community events. We have recently enjoyed a successful tour to Reims in France and plan to tour again soon, as well as having an annual trip to Brighton!

There is no entry audition or any other restriction to joining; players find their own level, with solo opportunities for those who want them. Everyone is also encouraged to contribute to the organisation of the group, which attracts people from all walks of life.

Membership is by subscription, and we strive for the highest standards. Most importantly, SLSW aims to create an environment in which people have fun making music and socialising and sharing this with audiences locally and further afield.

SLSW is part of the umbrella charity South London Community Music, which is dedicated to encouraging and fostering music-making with and for the community in a welcoming, supportive and inclusive atmosphere. You can find out more information about SLCM here.

Please do get in touch if you would like to know more. We hope to see you soon!

Photography copyright Sabine Thoele 2014