Encore: The Concert Band was established in 1994 to perform, preserve and enhance concert band music in the Greater London area. To accomplish this goal, Encore performs a series of five concerts every year. All concerts are scheduled on Sunday afternoons and take place at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School in London.
The 70+ musicians playing in Encore come from London and surrounding communities. They represent all walks of life drawn from the community at large. All band musicians are volunteers and do not receive pay for their performances.
The programs contain, as often as possible, music composed by Canadian composers including composers and arrangers from the London area.
About our conductor
Serving as Encore: The Concert Band’s Artistic Director and Conductor, Gwyn Beynon is a well-known and respected performer, teacher and conductor in Southwestern Ontario. Born in Ingersoll, Ontario, he studied trumpet with the late James Ford, renowned trumpet player and educator, and was one of the youngest players accepted into the National Youth Orchestra.
He holds degrees from Western University in music, education and administration, and has frequently acted as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Ontario. Gwyn started as a teacher and eventually rose to principal with the Thames Valley District School Board where he championed music education and directed high school bands that won national and international awards. He also taught at the Western University Faculty of Education. Gwyn continues to be an active performer, playing trumpet with Brassroots and the London Jazz Orchestra.
Gwyn became the Artistic Director and Conductor of Encore: The Concert Band in 2009, where he continues to build on the legacy of musical excellence, entertainment and innovation established by Founding Director Emeritus, Phil Murphy.
Our Conductor Emeritus
As one of London’s best-known musicians, Phil Murphy has made a substantial impact. He is renowned for his contributions as music educator, performer, conductor and adjudicator, with versatility in genres from classical and theatrical to jazz and Klezmer. For fifteen years Phil brought this musical depth to Encore: The Concert Band.
On May 31, 2009, Phil retired as Conductor after Encore’s 15th Anniversary concert. The band was delighted to have him return on 24 February 2019 – shortly after his 90th birthday! – as guest conductor, in celebration of Encore’s 25th anniversary.