Apollo saxophone quartet

May 2012

World Saxophone Congress

Apollo feature in World Saxophone Congress

The Apollo Saxophone Quartet and new Apollo Saxophone Orchestra have both been selected to perform to an international audience at the prestigious World Saxophone Congress in St Andrews in July 2012. ASQ will give a late night concert featuring several works from Journey Across the Impossible, a groundbreaking project which saw the ensemble compose and perform original music for a selection of early black and white silent films.

The newly formed Apollo Saxophone Orchestra will give their inaugural concert of works for saxophone ensemble by the 'leading lady of British Jazz' Barbara Thompson, who will be present at the performance. The concert will include world premieres of works written specifically for the group, which feature on a new CD recording to be launched at the Congress. A short BBC documentary about Barbara, her music and life, will be screened at this event.

The triennial World Saxophone Congress is the leading international event for saxophonists, with an emphasis on contemporary classical repertoire. This is the first time in 36 years that the Congress is taking place in the UK, presenting a unique opportunity to showcase performers and composers from the UK on an international stage.

Visit the
World Saxophone Congress XVI website for more information about the programme of performances.

Woolrich Premiere

Apollo to premiere new Woolrich work

The Apollo Saxophone Quartet will be giving the world premiere of a new work by John Woolrich, commissioned by the Tunnell Trust for the quartet to celebrate the 500
th concert of the Trust’s funding and concert showcase scheme for young musicians. ASQ will be headlining the bill at a gala concert at Linlithgow Arts Guild on Saturday 12 May 2012, which will include the premiere of the new work, The Devil’s Horn.

John Woolrich is an important figure on the UK contemporary music scene. A highly successful composer and contemporary music programmer, he is constantly in demand for commissions and his works receive frequent performances and feature on many CDs. The composer will be writing for saxophone quartet for the first time, having written for a variety of other chamber music ensembles including wind quintet, string ensembles and an oboe quartet.

The Apollo Saxophone Quartet were winners in the very first year of the Tunnell Trust scheme 22 years ago, and are the only one of the original ensembles still to be performing today. The ASQ’s programme for the celebratory concert will also include the ever popular Kaval Sviri and Three Movements from saxophone quartets by Barbara Thompson.

Click to visit the
Tunnell Trust website for more information about the funding scheme and gala concert.