A piece by Andy Scott will receive its premiere at a BBC Philharmonic music education project with Manchester Music Hub this month.
Andy Scott has made a new expanded arrangement of The Golden Horn for massed woodwind and saxophones. The five minute work will be performed by 118 young people from schools across Manchester at the woodwind education day in the BBC studios at Media City on 30 November. The ensemble will include a wide range of woodwind instruments, including 32 flutes and 24 saxophones. The event will be directed by the BBC Philharmonic principal flute Richard Davies, with wind players from the orchestra taking sectional rehearsals for each instrument.
The Golden Horn is an energetic and tuneful Turkish influenced number in true Andy Scott style, which is both entertaining to listen to and great fun to play. It is named after the new bridge in Istanbul, linking the two sides of the estuary of the same name, but is equally applicable to the saxophone itself. The arrangement for massed woodwind and saxophones includes additional new material.
The BBC Philharmonic is acknowledged as one of the UK’s finest orchestras. It is part of the BBC's family of six performing groups and tours widely in the UK and internationally, with most concerts broadcast live or recorded for BBC Radio 3. The BBC Philharmonic is supported by Salford City Council, enabling the orchestra to build active links in the area through a busy learning and community programme.
Manchester Music Hub works with schools, communities and a range of partners to identify and support local priorities and to ensure that all young people’s musical needs are met. The Hub partners include high quality regional music and arts organisations, arts venues, charities, colleges and universities. Its vision is to inspire young people in Manchester to enjoy music throughout their lives by providing a wide range of high quality music education opportunities.
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Andy Scott will be taking part in an orchestral concert in Liverpool this month, and the saxophone is at the heart of the programme.
The concert by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the city’s Philharmonic Hall will take place at 7.30pm on 27 November under the baton of the orchestra’s brilliant Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko. Andy will be playing bass saxophone in Strauss’ Symphonia Domestica, which sees the saxophone take on an orchestral role and concludes the orchestra’s Strauss Edition series.
The orchestra will be joined by Tim McAllister as alto saxophone soloist in the John Adams Saxophone Concerto, which was written for him in 2013. The concert will also include Gershwin’s An American In Paris, an exuberant work that evokes the jazz age in Paris.
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Foden’s Band played a work by their composer in residence Andy Scott at the Brass in Concert Championship this month.
Foden’s Band performed at the 2014 Brass in Concert Championship at The Sage, Gateshead on Sunday 16 November. The Caliph Visits Trevor by Andy Scott featured at the centre of a varied programme by Foden’s, built around arrangements of Baroque works. The concept based programme, entitled In the Court of Trevor IV and devised by the band’s Professional Conductor Allan Withington, explored the idea of Coronation era courtly and cultural exchanges in the contemporary digital age.
The Brass in Concert Championship aims to provide a platform for the finest brass bands in the world to display their excellence as performers of high quality original and arranged brass band music. Foden’s Band’s principal euphonium player Glyn Williams won Best Euphonium 2014.
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The annual RNCM Saxophone Day directed by Rob Buckland and Andy Scott has grown over the years to be the largest event of its kind in the UK, and this year proved to be the biggest and most successful to date.
About 200 keen saxophonists of all ages and abilities from all over the UK attended the day on 9 November, which started with a massed saxophones session featuring works by Andy Scott, Rob Buckland and an arrangement by Carl Raven. This year’s special guests were Philippe Geiss, Professor of Saxophone at Strasbourg Conservatoire and Director of the World Saxophone Congress 2015, and Mark Lockheart’s Big Idea.
RNCM graduate Anthony Brown gave the spotlight concert, in which he was joined by duo partner Leo Nicholson for the premiere of two movements of Andy Scott’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano. The piece, adapted from the flute sonata, will receive its world premiere as a complete work in London next year.
RNCM saxophonists Rob Buckland, Andy Scott, Carl Raven, Mike Hall and Junior RNCM tutor Ruth Bourne led a wide variety of workshops throughout the afternoon. Andy Scott led two workshops using his compositions for his large jazz saxophone ensemble SaxAssault, attracting record numbers in the first, and was joined by Supertramp saxophonist John Helliwell as soloist in the beautiful ballad Lord Stackhouse, which Andy had composed for him.
The RNCM Saxophone Orchestra also featured prominently in the day, sharing the stage with Philippe Geiss, performing their own tribute to Adolphe Sax as a prelude to the evening concert, and launching their Road to Strasbourg campaign, which aims to raise the necessary funds for the ensemble to attend the World Saxophone Congress next year.
As well as a record number of participants and workshops, there seemed to be a record number of trade stands, with all kinds of saxophones, equipment and sheet music for sale. This is a highlight of the saxophone calendar and an event not to be missed! So if you didn’t make it to Manchester this year, make a note in your diary and save the date for next year! Hope to see you there.
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