absolution saxophone quartet


7.30pm Saturday, 11 May 2013


Programme to include music by Dvorak, Piazzolla, Desenclos, Dubois, Whitlock and Gershwin






Award winning young ensemble, Absolution Saxophone Quartet formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2006 and studied with Rob Buckland, Andy Scott and Carl Raven as well as receiving master classes from the Habanera Saxophone Quartet and Vincent David. In September 2011 they returned to the RNCM as the first chamber group to have been awarded a place on the Postgraduate International Artists Diploma course. This course is the highest attainable performance degree in the UK and has been described by the RNCM as ‘the pinnacle of achievement in performance at the College’.


Absolution were selected to perform as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists Platform and appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in January 2011. The group are also winners of the Trevor Wye Memorial Prize (2009 and 2010) as well as the RNCM Chamber Music Prize, which lead to the group being named ‘RNCM Ensemble of the Year 2009’. Following this they were finalists in the 2010 Royal Overseas League wind/mixed ensemble category and most recently, have been chosen by the ‘Making Music’ Concert Promoters Network as selected artists for 2012-13.


As winners of the RNCM Concerto Competition, the group performed ‘Concerto for Saxophones’ by Tristan Keuris with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in May 2011, a work which hadn’t been performed in the UK for over 20 years. In November 2011, Absolution also made their debut performance at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, after being selected by the Manchester Mid-Day Concerts Series. The programme included a World Premiere of their most recent commission by composer, Callum Dewer.


As well as competition success, the group regularly perform at a wide range of venues and occasions across the UK, including St. Steven’s Festival, ‘The Forge’, RNCM Chamber Music Festival, Swaledale Festival, Lake District Summer Music International Music Festival and numerous concert societies. The group have also performed alongside ‘House of Bedlam’ at the Whitworth Art Gallery as part of their UK tour. Absolution especially enjoyed performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour in March 2012 after being selected to represent the Royal Northern College of Music.


As active members of ‘Live Music Now!’ and ‘Music In Hospitals’ the quartet perform regularly at special needs schools and clinics and have also taken part in education projects and studies of live music on dementia patients across the UK. At the Sounds New Festival 2010, Absolution launched their own cutting edge multimedia project ‘Shattered Unity’ as well as performing contemporary music for saxophone quartet including world premieres by Manchester based composers Emma-Ruth Richards and Duncan Ward (BBC young composer of the year).


This concert is supported by the Making Music Concert Promoters' Network scheme: www.makingmusic.org.uk/cpn