Calling all saxophonists

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By lwj_10 at 12:40 on 17/09/12

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Saxophonists from across the south west have the chance to improve their skills at a workshop being held at Wells Cathedral School Somerset on Saturday, 20th October. The South West Saxophone Play Day is designed to help saxophonists of all ages to improve their ensemble playing, rehearsal techniques and much more.

Hosted by Andy Tweed and Edward Leaker, the saxophone teaching team at Wells Cathedral School, the event follows on from the highly successful saxophone, clarinet and double reed days of the last few years. This year the team will be joined by special guest, Karen Street. Karen's saxophone compositions are played around the world and regularly feature on examination syllabuses.

"We received a fantastic response to the previous Saxophone Day and the Jazz Saxophone Day held in May. The feedback was that saxophonists wanted even more opportunities to get together to improve their skills with fellow musicians. We are delighted to be able to meet that request and also offer a rare chance to work with composer Karen Street," said Andy Tweed.

"The event will be tailored to meet the needs of those who are attending, whether they are individuals, students, teachers, or existing quartets and groups. It is a rare chance to pick up playing tips, check out new gear, discover some new music and above all share the pleasure of playing saxophone with like-minded enthusiasts," he added.

The coaching day will run from 9:30am until 6:30pm. Trade stands include Vandoren, Yangisawa, Wood, Wind and Reed and Gillian Greig (Sheet music). An approximate level of grade 5 and above is advised in order to get the most out of the event. Tickets cost £25 (adults), £20 (OAPs and students) and £15 (under 18s).

For more information, or to download an application form, saxophonists can visit Alternatively they can contact Big Shed Music on 01749 673936 or email:

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012

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