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Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet     

Concert No 5

8pm Saturday 20th January 2018
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre

Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

Making Music Selected Artists

Sally MacTaggart, Guy Passey,
Jenni Watson and Alastair Penman

"Entirely irresistible" - The Times

Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

Kaleidoscope is an innovative collaboration between four creative young artists. The group's approach is built on the distinct creative personalities of its members, with engaging programmes blending classical and contemporary music. The quartet's work had led to multi-ple awards and high profile performances at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall.

The quartet's line-up features an array of artistic skills, from award-winning soloists and multi-instrumentalists to innovative composers of music ranging from classical to electronic. The quartet is committed to the creation and performance of new music, and has commissioned and premièred works from numerous talented young composers including Michael Cryne (LSO Panufnik Young Composer) and Oliver Leith, whose new commission A Day at the Spa won a British Composer Award in 2016 and has been played on Radio 3.

Support from organisations such as the Tunnell Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Park Lane Group led to performances at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, with the latter concert given a four star review in The Times. The group's debut album Oil, released in 2016 was supported by the City Music Foundation, Hattori Foundation and a Help Musicians Emerging Excellence award. Produced by John Harle, it featured music by Gavin Bryars, Jonny Greenwood and Steve Martland as well as a major contribution to the repertoire in the form of superb new pieces by Oliver Leith, Jenni Watson and John Rittipo-Moore.

Future plans for the quartet include performances across the UK and Europe, and an exciting new commission from award-winning composer Mark Bowler to be premièred in 2018.

Sally MacTaggart

Sally MacTaggartSally is an award winning freelance saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and teacher based in London.

Sally began her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, and graduated with first class honours in 2010. During her time there she picked up numerous accolades including the RNCM Creative Soloist prize, RNCM Concerto award and RNCM Chamber Ensemble of the Year. Following this she relocated to London and achieved a Masters with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was supported in her studies with scholarships from the Philharmonia's Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and also the Countess of Munster Trust.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Sally is a versatile and sought-after pit musician with the ability to play saxophones, flutes, clarinets and oboe. She plays regularly in the west end and on tours across the UK and Europe, and currently holds the chair of Reed 1 on the Billy Elliot Musical UK and Ireland tour.

As a freelance musician Sally has performed and taken extra work with numerous orchestras, ensembles and participated in a wide variety of projects. Recent work includes performing with the Chroma ensemble, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra alongside performing at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Purcell Room.

Sally teaches for the City of London Freemen's School and Finton House School alongside her private teaching commitments. Her students have gone on to win places at conservatoires, junior music college departments and scholarship places into some of the top private schools in the country, as well as being accepted into a variety National Youth Ensembles.

Guy Passey

Guy PasseyGuy was born in Hampshire in 1991, and received his early musical training on saxophone and as a chorister in the Winchester Cathedral Choir. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Christian Forshaw, completing a masters with scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust and the Guildhall and appearing as a finalist in the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers Woodwind Prize.

As a classical player he has performed across Europe at venues including the Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and Konzerthaus, both with the Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet and larger ensembles including the European Union Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He is often called upon as a multi-instrumentalist, with proficiency as an oboist complementing the traditional trio of saxophone, clarinet and flute, and has worked in theatres in the West End and across the country.

As a folk musician, Guy is a member of London folk-fusion band Tribe of Tinkers, performing on the festival scene and regularly packing out venues in London and on tour throughout the UK.

Jenni Watson

Jenni WatsonJenni Watson is a saxophonist, composer, arranger & multi-instrumentalist.

Bringing her predominantly classical music background together with a love of all music, and having a dislike of "pigeon holing", she pushes genre boundaries and is popular for composing in an aesthetic and accessible style.

Her debut album Reflections (2009) performing on S/A/T saxophones with strings & piano, launched her composition career & commission-based work - it was reportedly the first occasion in the Royal Northern College of Music's history that an entire recital was composed by the performer.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Jenni can be heard performing on woodwinds, strings, piano and vocals on her albums Meditations (2013) and Honey Storm (2015).

Her skills and experience across these instruments inform her fresh writing style, currently drawing on a wide range of stylistic influences - classical, jazz, funk, folk and screen music.

Studying with Rob Buckland & Andy Scott at the Royal Northern College of Music 2004-2009, she gained a 1st Class BMus Hons & MMus with Distinction, achieving final recital marks within the highest of the college's woodwind department history, at 94% & 95% respectively.

She is the Module Leader for Arranging at BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) London & lectures on the BA & Diploma courses, as well as composing and performing freelance alongside her own creative projects.

Alastair Penman

Alastair PenmanHailed as a “pioneering instrumentalist and writer” and praised for his “surpassingly beautiful music” and “undoubtedly brilliant mind”, British saxophonist Alastair Penman is a dynamic and versatile performer and composer, presenting contemporary music in new and exciting ways. Having earned masters’ degrees in both Information and Computer Engineering (University of Cambridge) and Saxophone Performance (Royal Northern College of Music), Alastair has a strong interest in the fusion of live saxophone performance with electronic effects, backings, and enhancements to create often previously undiscovered sound worlds.

Although classically trained, Alastair enjoys exploring many musical worlds; such influences can be heard in his compositions and performances, which often transcend genre definition.

As a soloist, Alastair has performed at venues including Milton Court Concert Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trinity and St Catharine’s College Chapels (Cambridge), The Forge, and the Concert Hall and Carole Nash Recital Room at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has also made numerous concerto appearances, including opening the 2012 Wycombe Arts Festival. Alastair has been a guest recitalist both at the RNCM and Canterbury Christ Church University Saxophone Days, presenting material from his debut album, Electric Dawn.

In an ensemble setting, Alastair has performed with the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, Ardente Opera, The Beethoven Ensemble, Ensemble BPM, and Cambridge Touring Opera. He has also appeared with jazz groups at Montreux and London Jazz Festivals, as well as at jazz clubs across Europe. Alastair has had the pleasure of working with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Baldur Bronnimann, David Hill and Stephen Cleobury, and has performed with jazz greats Mike Gibbs, Clare Teal, Steve Waterman, Mark Nightingale, Gareth Lockrane, Julian Arguelles, Liane Carroll, Issie Barratt and John Helliwell.

Alastair is a City Music Foundation Artist, Park Lane Group Artist and BBC Introducing Artist, and has won award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, RNCM (Fewkes and Harwood Scholarships) and St. Catharine’s College. Alastair has also been a finalist in the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and RNCM Gold Medal Competitions.

Supported by the City Music Foundation, Alastair’s debut solo album, Electric Dawn, was released in November 2015 on Sospiro Records. The album features new compositions for saxophone and electronics and was produced by the legendary saxophonist John Harle. Critics have praised the playing as “exemplary”, “diamond-sharp, tonally burnished and singing free” and recognised that “each piece had a perfection of its own”, creating a “cohesive and triumphantly experimental debut”.



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