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Tickets on Sale for Apollo | Artvark Uk Premier

A limited number of tickets are now on sale for an exclusive performance on Friday 1st February, at The Event Space @ HOME in Manchester's growing First Street area. Go to our the quartet's BUY TICKETS page to book your seats.

Tickets are £10 with a 50% discount for students.

Apollo | Artvark

Two Quartets Collide & Merge

Friday 1st February 2019 @ 19:30

Event Space : HOME

2 Tony Wilson Place


M15 4FN

ASQ Manchester Midday Concert

Some photos from Apollo Quartet's recent performance at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall

Photos by Jon Probert
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ASQ @ Bridgewater Hall | 23/11/2018

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ASQ in rehearsal for their forthcoming appearance at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

The Quartet will perform music by Graham Fitkin, Lu
ís Tinoco, Barbara Thompson and Will Gregory and are looking forward to giving the premier of a new work by Simon Parkin.

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The Bridgewater Hall

Friday 23 November, 2018 at 01:10 pm

Luis Tinoco Short Cuts
Simon Parkin A G F
Barbara Thompson White from Saxophone Quartet No.2
Graham Fitkin Stub
Will Gregory High Life

ASQ @ The Storyhouse

Fantastic gig last night the Chester Storyhouse as part of the 2018 Chester Festival. The quartet performed to a great audience and showcased a selection of our favourite repertoire including the silent film project.

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This concert was also the first time the group had performed all four of Will Gregory's works: Highlife, Doppler's Hornpipe, Scintillation and Hoe Down as a complete suite. Each movement featured a different member of the quartet and was very well received.

Swaledale Music Festival

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A great concert last night at St Gregory's, Bedale as part of the Swaledale Festival.

Programme included:
Tuning in by Jonathan Dove
Alaric by Gavin Bryars
Richard Rodney Bennett's Quartet, written for Apollo in 1994



Back in the UK …… broken men!

After a chance meeting four years ago in South Africa sparked a collaborative process between two very different musical groups,
the 'ASQ meets ASQ' project was born.

Apollo returned home from a fantastic few days in the Netherlands working on the first gigs with the acclaimed Artvark quartet.

Every member of the group had written a new chart for eight saxophones in which jazz and classical had a head-on collision. After a day of rehearsals, this newly formed octet gave eight world premier performances to a highly appreciative audience at the great Brebl venue in Nijmegen


The group also undertook a series of workshops at ArteZ in Zwolle with the saxophone students there, followed by gigs at Amersfoort Jazz Festival.

Thanks Artvark for your hospitality, enthusiasm and drive and for many hours of laughter.

Both quartets are looking forward to seeing how this project develops in the future.

ASQ @ Alwinton Festival

Apollo will be appearing at St Michael's and All Saints Church as part of the Alwinton Festival on May 28th performing John Casken's Nearly Distant and a selection of our favourite commissions.

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Artvark Apollo Collaboration!

Apollo met the Artvark Saxophone Quartet in South Africa when both groups were guest artists at the inaugural South African Saxophone Symposium in 2014. The idea to get together and form a larger saxophone group, fusing both ensembles different sound worlds in a jazz classical mix, has taken time to come to fruition but the two quartets are finally in rehearsals with each member writing music for the group.

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Three days of rehearsal, workshopping ideas and composing taking place this week.



Thanks to the University of Salford for providing us with a great rehearsal space



A great few days in Porto performing at the EurSax17 Festival.



Programme Included:

Travel Cartoons for the Blind by Django Bates

Reach Out by Dai Fujikura


Journey Across The Impossible
Silent films with music by ASQ

2015 RNCM Sax Day

Apollo Quartet were excited to perform on home ground at the 2015 RNCM saxophone day.

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Sax.co.uk concert.

Date:  25th June 2015
Time:  5pm
Venue: Sax.co.uk:

Sax.co.uk (London)
85 Hampstead Rd

Apollo play their own versions of some Melies film soundtracks with other early cinema pieces.


Lake District New Commission and Concert

 Lake District Summer Music Concert

Date:  4 August 2015
Time:  7.30pm

Exciting new commission by Luke Bedford to be premiered at the International Lake District Festival. Both the LDSM and Apollo celebrating their 30th anniversaries in 2015.

Info for the concert

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Netherlands Tour

Splendor Amsterdam Concert

Date:  11 April 2015
Time:  8pm
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116 - 1011 LX Amsterdam

Journey to the Impossible project: Fims plus original music from the group.
Tickets: click below.

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Shrewsbury Saxophone Day 2015

Shrewsbury Saxophone Day Concert

Date:  8 March 2015
Time:  6pm
Venue: Maidment Building, Shrewsbury School

Final concert after the saxophone day ran by Rob and Andy from the quartet.


Bangor Festival Concert

Bangor Music Festival Opening Concert

Date:  4 March 2015
Time:  7.30pm
Venue: 19:30, Reichel Hall, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor

Works from our latest CD alongside Melies film soundtracks.


South Africa Tour

Apollo Tour of South Africa

UNISA National Saxophone Symposium

Monday 7th April 2014 – Thursday 17th April 2014

ASQ’s tour of South Africa centred around 3 Symposium Days held in Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town, in conjunction with the fantastic Artvark Quartet from the Netherlands (
These Symposia included workshops, individual lessons, Q&A sessions and evening concerts by both quartets also featuring massed saxophone orchestras made up of delegates from the sessions.


After the Quartet’s first couple of days in Durban, they flew North to spend a few days in Johannesburg and Pretoria giving daytime education sessions and evening concerts culminating in the second Symposium at the University of Pretoria.

Apollo & Artvark Quartets perform Sax Assault charts with Matt Lombard & Karendra Devroop

The last leg of the tour took the group to Cape Town for three days of concerts, workshops and the final Symposium, which took place at Hugo Lamprechts Music School.

The massed sax ensemble perform at the Cape Town symposium

ASQ would like to thank Matthew Lombard and Karendra Devroop for organising a fantastic tour.


Sound Scotland, Aberdeen

journey across the impossible
1 november 2013, 21:30
(music with silent film)
Apollo Saxophone Quartet have handpicked a series of short films, many from the early experimental days of film in the early 1900s, and set them to original scores which bring these quirky, thought provoking, often bizarre films to light in a way that extends and enhances their original meaning, often making a film that is almost 100 years old highly poignant and relevant to a 21st century audience.
£8, £6 (conc), £3 (students, u18)
The Lemon Tree
5 West North Street
AB24 5AT


Ulverston Concert

Sunday 30th June, 7:30pm
Coronation Hall, Ulverston.

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

London Jazz Festival

London Jazz Festival recital.

Saturday 17 November, 2:00pm
The Forge, Camden.

The Apollo Saxophone Quartet have been commissioning exceptional new music for 27 years. Expect works by composers such as Django Bates and Barbara Thompson, plus a set of new music to accompany a quirky, bizarre and often hilarious selection of century-old movies


Brighton Concert

Brighton Autograph Series Concert

Date:  7 Nov 2012
Time:  7.30pm
Venue: Brighton Autograph Concerts, Brighton College http://www.brightoncollege.ac.uk

The ASQ makes a return to this prestigious series. Programme includes music by Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Barbara Thompson, Keith Tippett and the ASQ’s original scores to a 30 minute selection of hilarious early black and white silent films.

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