Apollo Saxophone Quartet

Tuesday 28 January 2025

Rob Buckland – soprano saxophone

Carl Raven – alto saxophone

Andy Scott – tenor saxophone

Jim Fieldhouse – baritone saxophone

ADAM CAIRDSaxophonic Movements
APOLLO SAXOPHONE QUARTETJourney Across the Impossible (silent film project)

New Commissions and Journey Across the Impossible

Formed in 1985 the Apollo Saxophone Quartet has enjoyed four decades at the forefront of the UK classical music scene. During this time, the group has without doubt made the largest single contribution to the repertoire for saxophone quartet in the UK, commissioning and premiering well over 100 works, many of which are now considered core repertoire and are performed by saxophone quartets worldwide. This includes significant works from Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Torke, Michael Nyman, Graham Fitkin, Will Gregory, Dominic Muldowney, Keith Tippett, Django Bates, Barbara Thompson and Joby Talbot, to name but a few.

For this concert, the group presents a performance of two contrasting halves. The first set features five commissions from the quartet’s 2022/23 season - engaging and varied new works from some of the most exciting new generation of UK composers, each of which showcases different aspects of the sound world of the saxophone quartet, creating moods, colours and textures ranging from the sublime and ethereal to driving energetic and rhythmically compelling.

The second set features the Quartet’s acclaimed music with silent film project. Expect acrobatic flies, dancing pigs, collapsing bridges, drunken hallucinations, exploding heads and an infernal cakewalk, all beautifully set to music and performed live to film in the age-old tradition from the very first years of the moving image.

We are delighted to announce that the Quartet will also be the guest artists for our Annual Schools Concert from 2-3pm.

To find out more about the artists, see Apollo Saxophone Quartet

Photo credit: Charlotte Wellings

With kind support from Skipton Rotary