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Bliss Hymn is a music video created in July 2020 by players connected to the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and inspired and driven by tuba player Noel MacDonald. Players recorded individually and the edited work has contributions from Vancouver Island to New Brunswick; “from sea to shining sea” as Noel remarked. It is a work of love and solidarity. We are pleased to be able to contribute to the VSO’s Day of Music 2021.
On a Hymn Song of Philip Bliss by David Holsinger
Formed in 1981 by Maurice Backun, and currently conducted by Music Director David Branter, PSWE is based in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble boasts many of the area’s finest wind and percussion musicians. The group consists of professional musicians, dedicated music educators, and outstanding amateur players. From its inception, PSWE has worked with composers, conductors and soloists to perform new and unusual works, in addition to classics of the wind ensemble repertoire. PSWE has become internationally known for its musical excellence.