Famous World Saxophone Congress comes to St Andrews

Over 1000 musicians from all over the world will be taking over the picturesque, cobbled streets of St Andrews during the famous World Saxophone Congress the 10th – 15th July.  Held every three years in a different country, the festival is a chance to hear some of the world’s leading players of classical saxophone music, many brought together for the first time, in a stunning series of soloist, chamber ensemble, big band and symphony orchestra concerts running across historic venues throughout town.   The festival also provides the opportunity to see some of the latest innovations in instrument-making and equipment, music production and distribution. 

An outstanding series of evening gala concerts will run over the 5 days of the festival, which will also include over 250 recitals, lectures from acclaimed professionals, master classes from virtuoso players, workshops and creative street performances.  International trade exhibitions will also take place at the Town Hall and Parliament Hall alongside a number of special events including the John Cage centenary celebrations with a performance of Four 5 for saxophone ensemble, first played 20 years ago at the WSC in Italy, as well as 80th birthday celebrations for distinguished performers and teachers Jean-Marie Londeix and Eugene Rousseau.

Last held in Britain more than 30 years ago, the World Saxophone Congress is one of the most important events in the classical music industry’s calendar and this year coincides with the Olympic Games in London as well as the University’s 600th anniversary celebrations.  The University Music Centre will open its doors to participants and visitors of the congress, which include the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the renowned Zagreb Saxophone Quartet.  12 year-old Matvey Sherling, a prize-winning virtuoso saxophonist and piano player will also be performing a recital.

The World Saxophone Congress will bring a leading international music festival to Fife and is part of the St Andrews Year of Celebration, showcasing the town and surrounding area’s vibrant creative and cultural output as part of Year of Creative Scotland 2012.

The World Saxophone congress is a highlight in the Year of Creative Scotland

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