Soprano, sopranino, piano, EWI
Alistair studied saxophone and piano at the Royal College of Music. During his time there he won several performance prizes. He also formed and led the Mistral Saxophone Quartet. He plays with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Northern Saxophone Quartet, Equinox Saxophone Ensemble and is guest conductor of the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He also runs a very successful teaching business in Nottingham and is Visiting Scholar of Saxophone for Nottingham University.
As an ensemble player Nicola plays with a number of groups, and was a principal player with National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain. In 2009 she released an album of a personal collection of chamber pieces for saxophone. As well as her private teaching Nicola recently gained a Masters in Performance Science from Royal College of Music, and awarded an AHRC scholarship for research in music ensemble performance. She is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Sheffield.
|Claire Tomsett |
Claire studied at the Purcell School of Music in Bushey where her love of the saxophone really took off (she is a secret violinist!). She read music at Nottingham, studying saxophone with Alistair Parnell. Claire was assistant musical director of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain and currently plays with Equinox Saxophone Ensemble; performing throughout the UK and Europe, and at every World Sax Congress since 2006. In the real world, Claire is Director of Music and Performing Arts at Wetherby Prep School in London. A keen composer and arranger, Claire's music is currently published by Saxtet Publications and Masquerade Music.
Alto, soprano saxophones
Multi-instrumentalist Keri plays clarinet, flute and piano as well as the saxophone. Keri has completed her diplomas in saxophone performance and also in teaching (clarinet) in which she achieved a distinction. She is passionate about teaching and learning, always keen to develop new skills and pass them on to others. She teaches privately, and enjoys working on her own compositions, running her own music publishing company Masquerade Music.
Cat has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. She started her musical career playing percussion in brass bands when she was 8 years old and progressed through many instruments to find her true calling on the saxophone. Over the years, she has performed at many famous locations with various chamber ensembles, such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. Martin-In-The-Fields (London) and the Royal Albert Hall (London).
Tenor, alto saxophone
Lindsey grew up in Stafford, where she played with the Staffordshire Youth Wind Orchestra. She arrived in Nottingham to study at the University, was one of the original members of the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra and fell in love with the vibrant Nottingham saxophone scene. More recently she spent six years with the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain, appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe and in concerts throughout the UK.
Now based in Buckinghamshire, Lindsey combines her musical commitments with a career at The Open University.
Michelle began her music studies at the University of Nottingham as a flautist, but quickly switched allegiance to the tenor saxophone. She has since played with the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra, BSQ quartet, National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain and other ensembles in Leeds, Nottingham, and southern Germany.
Michelle has a PhD from Cambridge University's department for music and science, and is a lecturer in music at the Royal Northern College of Music.
|Deborah Hutt |
With over twenty years playing experience under her belt, Deb was one of the founder members of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain. Performance highlights include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the World Saxophone Congress and appearing (albeit briefly) on the BBC’s “Play it Again” series alongside Lord Robert Winston. A versatile player, she is involved in a number of Big Bands in the West Midlands area as well as playing with the Giocoso Quartet.