Xavier College Wind Ensemble Australia

The Xavier College Wind Ensemble are from Melbourne, Australia. The band was auditioned from music students at the Jesuit School, Xavier College.

Xavier College was named after St Francis Xavier, one of the closest friends of St Ignatius of Loyola. Together with five other companions, they founded the Jesuit order in 1540. Jesuit principles of education emphasise the centrality of the Catholic faith, pursuit of excellence, development of the whole person, care of each individual (Cura Personalis), and service to others. These principles define all aspects of life at Xavier. We are part of a world-wide network of Jesuit schools that collectively educate nearly two million students.

The Xavier College Wind Ensemble was formed towards the end of 2016 and have been working towards this Eisteddfod since then. The ages of this 30-piece ensemble, range from 13 to 17 years old.

The Ensemble is currently touring the UK, with performances and workshops in Scotland, England and Wales.

Their Conductor is Mr Christopher Eury. Christopher graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts where he studied Trumpet, and then completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music.  Christopher then gained his Diploma of Education at ACU while teaching at various schools in and around Melbourne.

Christopher has been an invited clinician in trumpet and ensemble direction around Australia. In 2005 Christopher was awarded his Associate and Licentiate Diploma’s in Performance with distinction, and in 2008 he was awarded his Fellowship with the AMEB.   He is currently Head of Brass and Percussion at Xavier College and continues to work actively as a musician in various fields and styles.