Meet Our Friends & Guests

We are very proud to announce the successes of our a few former members:

Isobel Mortimer (Bb and Eb) went off to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester to do a Masters in Performance. She came back to join us as guest soloist in the Tartini Clarinet Concertino in our 2017 summer concert.

Jenny Ackroyd (Bass clarinet) left us to prepare for her final degree recital and then went off to the Royal Academy of Music in London for further sax studies with the eminent composer and saxophonist, John Harle.

Mavis Yardley (Bb) retired from our ranks shortly before her 90th birthday. She now has more time to spend with the new man in her life, John (aged 93). We wish them every happiness.

Equinox Saxophone Ensemble joined us for our first concert in 2016, where we combined forces in a “Baroque to Rock” programme including Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Bohemian Rhapsody and River Dance.

We welcomed back their director Alistair Parnell as soloist in our 2018 Summer concert. A world renowned electronic wind instrument player, he performed two pieces on the Roland Aerophone: “Warm Front” (John Dankworth) and “Serendip” composed by our music director Nigel Wood, and premiered just the week before our concert at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.

Soprano Sarah Wright-Owens appeared as soloist in our 2017 Summer concert in a diverse programme which included Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (Villa-Lobos), a medley from West Side Story (Bernstein) and the aria Erbarme dich, mein Gott from Bach’s St.Matthew Passion.

We were delighted to have the services of percussionist Adrian Fletcher for our 2018 concert. His ‘kitchen sink’ assortment of drums, cymbals, Irish Bodhran and even castanets gave it all such a lift. Thank you Adrian!