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Monday, 13 July 2015
The Bolton School ‘Saxberries’ saxophone choir recently performed in Luxembourg as part of their trip to Europe. Ten musicians travelled with their conductor Miss Berry and Mr Jones, taking in the 17th World Sax Congress and the sights of Strasbourg, France, before following the footsteps of the Jazz Band’s Summer 2014 tour and moving on to Luxembourg.
On arrival in the city, the choir made their way to Music D’ARCA to rehearse, followed by an hour-long concert which featured performances from the whole ‘Saxberries’ group and also the ‘NAMAHAZO’ Quartet, Year 13 students Harriet Gribbin and Matthew Hotham, Zoe Stirzaker from Year 11 and Old Girl Natasha Lomas. The first evening in Luxembourg ended with a celebratory dinner.
The second day saw the saxophone choir rehearse at the Luxembourg Conservatoire: a fantastic opportunity for both the choir and quartet to receive advice from Guy Goethals, a distinguished saxophonist and teacher. He helped the quartet to improve their dynamics and balance in Glasunov’s ‘Finale’, and also gave the ensemble ideas for improvement in their pieces ‘Witch Hunt and ‘Flam’.
A member of the saxophone choir said of the last day in Luxembourg, “It was somewhat emotional for some members of the group, as it was the day of our final concert before they had to leave school to go to university. The concert was arguably the best we had played to date, which was particularly fitting as the trip could be left on a high.”
After the final concert, the pupils presented Miss Berry and Mr Jones with gifts and cards as a thank you for the hard work they put into the trip. This was a fantastic opportunity for all of the pupils to learn more about musical techniques and receive tuition and advice from expert saxophonists, as well as the chance to rehearse and perform in the fantastic surroundings of Strasbourg and Luxembourg.
During the World Sax Congress, the choir were able to perform at the Walle de Bourse as well as taking in the fantastic musical performances and workshops on offer. Four members of the choir and Miss Berry were also selected to join the international ‘SaxOpen’ Saxophone Orchestra for the Sax 200 Concert on World Sax Day.
Memories of this trip are sure to remain with every member of the saxophone choir for years to come.
Press the play button below to watch a selection of videos from the saxophone choir’s Luxembourg performances:
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