You can now order copies of my new Concertos CD GAMESHOW from the new SOSPIRO RECORDS website http://www.sospirorecords.com Whilst the full website will be officially launched in the new year, with details of a host of new and exciting CD releases and archive material available, we wanted to get this webpage up and running so that you can now order physical copies, and both lossless and mp3 downloads of my new disc. Spread the word - the disc is getting some great reviews, and I hope you enjoy it!
5 years in the writing, developed over 15 years of teaching at the RNCM in Manchester, and over a quarter of a century working as a professional Saxophonist in a wide variety of settings, from Concerto and Recital soloist to member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet and my Equivox Trio, working with some of the UK's finest orchestras, playing with bands such as the Michael Nyman Band & SaxAssault and recording many film and TV soundtracks, this book has been designed for the serious Saxophonist, who wants to bring their playing to the very highest level.
The Equivox Trio performs at Alsager St. Mary's Church Saturday 9th Nov 2013. 3-4pm Saxophone workshop, and 7.30pm concert - music by Jason Rebello, Chick Corea, Barbara Thompson, Rob Buckland, Pat Metheny and more. Info on the diary page. Anyone travelling up to the RNCM Saxophone Day on Sunday, why not drop by to hear this concert on your way past on the saturday night!
Only a week to go to this year's RNCM Saxophone Day: Special guests include Arno Bornkamp, Iain Ballamy, Trish Clowes, Matt Styles, Michel Cheret & the Vandojam, and workshops and classes from Rob Buckland, Andy Scott, Carl Raven, Ruth Bourn and many more. Info here: http://rncm.ac.uk/festivals/rncm-saxophone-day/ Looking forward to what is always a highlight of the Saxophone calendar. Massive trade exhibtion too, featuring Selmer, Vandoren, LeFreque, John Packers, Sax.co.uk, Hanson Music, Rico, Worldwind, Dawkes, June Emerson, Forton Music, Astute Music, Steve Crow, Woodwind Exchange, Morgan Fry. Many new classes and events this year, and a grand finale VandoJam in the Brodsky Jazz Club to finish the day off. Hope to see you all there!
Well, another summer draws to a close, and both of my summer courses this year were a great success. Here's a couple of photos - the Senior Sax Group from the Manchester Single Reed Course, and the whole of the Harrogate Saxophone Course. Thanks to everyone who came along for making both courses really enjoyable!
In a new initiative this year, as an expansion of the hugely successful Single Reed Course for young players, (some places still available) we are running an Adults Course/Playday on Sunday 28th July this year. Here's a link: http://www.singlereed.org/2013-adult-play-day.html Specifically designed for adult players, the day will include detailed techique sessions, masterclass opportunities and ensemble playing sessions. A great opportunity to give your playing a new lease of life in a relaxed, informal and supportive environment, without all of those pesky talented kids getting in the way!!!!
One of the most enjoyable and artistically satisfying projects that I've been involved with this year so far has been as producer for the fantastic new CD from Jenni Watson. Jenni has re-worked some popular folk, classical and jazz melodies in her own unique way, and combined with some of her original compositions, created a really beautiful CD. She plays saxophones, clarinet, flute, violin, penny whistle, piano and sings!!! The CD is being launched at the Forge in Camden on 4 July - every ticket holder receives a free copy of this wonderful CD, which, if there's any justice in the world, will bring Jenni's talents to a much wider public. Here's a link to her website, with samples etc: http://www.jennifer-watson.co.uk
The ASQ will be playing a concert in Coronation Hall, Ulverston on Sunday 30 June at 7.30pm, promoted by the amazing Jess Gillam! Concert includes music by some of the UK's most innovative jazz composers, Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler & Barbara Thompson, and the ASQ's unique scores to half an hour of hilarious black & white films. http://www.corohall.co.uk/events/whats-on/apollo-sax-quartet.aspx