FREE Lunchtime Concert: Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet
Grieg (arr. KSQ) – Holberg Suite Movements I, II and V
Leith – New Commission (world premiere)
Debussy (arr. Crockford) – String Quartet, Movement III
Watson – New Commission (world premiere)
Thompson – Saxophone Quartet no.3
Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet
The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet is an innovative collaboration between four versatile young artists. The group’s approach makes use of the diverse talents of its members, creatively combining musical performance, composition and film. Trained at top UK conservatoires including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet mixes high profile performances at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room with multimedia performances, new music concerts and recitals.
The group features an array of artistic skills: Award-winning saxophonist and composer John Rittipo-Moore; multifaceted musician and photographer/film-maker Ian Dingle; folk and jazz-influenced saxophonist Guy Passey; and award-winning chamber musician and soloist Sally MacTaggart. The quartet is committed to the creation and performance of new music, and has commissioned and premiered works from an array of composers.
In 2014 the group were named City Music Foundation Artists, with the foundation supporting development of the quartet’s debut CD along with the Help Musicians Emerging Excellence award. In recent months Kaleidoscope have made their Wigmore Hall debut as recipients of a Musicians’ Company Maisie Lewis Foundation award, and also a first appearance at the Purcell Room under the Park Lane Group banner, with the concert given a four-star review in The Times. In January the group toured Scotland as Tunnell Trust artists, travelling across the country and performing seven concerts in as many days with a programme mixing traditional repertoire with contemporary pieces and a multimedia piece created by the group. Upcoming projects include a performance at the Northern Aldborough Festival in Yorkshire, recitals in St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James Piccadilly, and opening the Manchester Midday Concert season at the Bridgewater Hall.
Lunchtime Concerts are FREE, suggested donation £3.50 which goes towards the work of St Martin’s