The original name of the orchestra was “Spårvägsmäns Musikkår”, the orchestra was sponsored by SL tram company. The orchestra was founded in 1906 and consisted of only 6 people, most of whom were bus and tram drivers. To date, the orchestra employs 40 of the best professional wind musicians, four percussionists and a double bass player. The Stockholm Wind Symphony Orchestra takes part in a number of well-known annual events, such as the Last Night of the Proms concert (about 20 years), Carl Orff's Carmina Burana summer performance in Stockholm's main square in the old city, and the famous St. Lucia concert in December in the Stockholm Globe Arena.
Since 1985, the orchestra continuously collaborated with the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, enabling young conductors to work regularly with a professional orchestra.
In October 2005, the Stockholm Wind Symphony Orchestra played its first concert with Christian Lindberg as Principal Conductor.
The Stockholm Wind Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006 and is one of the oldest such orchestras in the world.
In 2011, the Swedish Wind Orchestra has been commissioned to operate the Royal Academy Hall on Lake Malaren in central Stockholm, which has established the unusual Musikaliska Music and Cultural Centre, where musicians of all ages and backgrounds can meet and collaborate.
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