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Monday, 02 March 2015
Boys and girls in the Bolton School Saxophone Choir have won a well-deserved place at the World Saxophone Congress and Festival 2015! In July, as part of their summer tour to Europe, the Saxophone Choir will visit Strasbourg to perform at the Congress.
The Congress takes place once every three years and brings together the best saxophonists in the world. This prestigious five-day event is the largest gathering of professional, amateur and student saxophonists, and gives players an opportunity to meet, attend lectures, and listen to concerts and performances. Soloists, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, wind ensembles, and symphony orchestras alike all perform at the Congress, meaning that a wide range of styles and a great deal of talent is put on show.
The 2015 event will be the 17th World Saxophone Congress, and there will be special focus on youth performance, making this a particularly fitting event for the Choir to take part in.
To apply for a place at the Congress, Miss Berry went through the lengthy application process to submit a special project on behalf of the Choir. This involved putting together a 3,000-word project description, recordings, and photographs. The projects could be about anything related to the instrument, so the Choir decided to submit a piece about contemporary techniques within a school ensemble. This was a particularly interesting angle to address, as very few schools in the country have a Saxophone Choir, making the group and their project quite unique!
The projects were then reviewed by a committee, and the Saxophone Choir was one of those invited to attend and perform at the Congress. With over 630 entries for fewer than 300 performance and conference positions, this is a fantastic achievement and a great tribute to Miss Berry and the students!
To listen to one of the Saxophone Choir’s recent performances, visit the School’s Soundcloud page or click the play button below.
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