FERIO SAXOPHONE QUARTET
The Ferio Saxophone Quartet members arrived in Bermuda last night, having safely navigated their way through cancelled flights and a storm on arrival! They have been given a wonderfully warm welcome by the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts and spent this morning doing outreach work with some local young saxophone players. The end product will be a performance of Nigel Wood’s arrangement of the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565. It should sound fantastic, played by 7 saxophones!
Here they are, at their very first run-through earlier today:
Ferio’s new album Flux is now available for download from Chandos Records. This, Ferio’s debut commercial CD, features original works written for saxophone quartet. Composers range from Gabriel Pierné and Jean-Baptiste Singelée to Eugène Bozza and Guillermo Lago (who wrote The Wordsworth Poems specially for Ferio this year).
October 2017 sees Ferio join forces with Kirker Holidays and perform on a ten night cruise on the Black Watch, sailing from Rosyth sailing to Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg and Tallinn. The music programme will also feature performed by Joshua Ellicott, tenor, Monika-Evelin Liiv, mezzo soprano, Paul Janes, piano and The Carducci Quartet.
Departing from Rosyth, the Black Watch will sail down the Firth of Forth into the North Sea. After a day of talks and music at sea she will arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark’s intimate but vibrant capital with a host of cultural attractions including the glittering Rosenborg Palace, the matchless collection of Danish art at the National Gallery of Denmark and the famous Tivoli Gardens. After another day at sea during which we will enjoy interviews with the musicians, we visit three cities on consecutive days. First is Helsinki where we will be offering a special excursion focussing on Finland’s national hero, Jean Sibelius. Next is the majestic city of St Petersburg where you can choose between visiting the city’s glittering palaces and museums or places associated with the great composers and writers who lived here. In Tallinn, we will discover mediaeval architecture before enjoying a concert by principal singers from the Estonian National Opera. Later in the cruise there will be time in Kiel before passing through the famous canal which links the Baltic to the North Sea before we arrive back in Rosyth.
Thank you to all who supported us at SJSS last Sunday! It was a brilliant afternoon and we thoroughly enjoyed performing and introducing our new commissions to such a wonderful audience. read more…
The binding element behind the repertoire choice is Britain. Presenting compositions from 1605 to 2017 we look to explore the contrasting yet familiar sound worlds created by many native composers. This recital will also include the world premieres of our hotly anticipated new commissions by Guillermo Lago and Simon Rowland-Jones.
Sunday April 23rd at 3pm – St John’s Smith Square, London