Tag: Saxophone

Musical Chairs Summer School 2022

I am happy to be looking after the saxophones on the Musical Chairs Summer School this July 2022.

This will be the 12th year for MCSS and my second year teaching the saxes on the course. It is open to all instrumentalists and all ages – Grade 3+ standard. What a great sound the orchestra made last year! The dates are July 26th – 29th July and each day runs from 10am – 4pm at St Mark’s Church in West Parley, Ferndown BH22 8EW.

To book on to the course or for more information call Joanna Welsh 07976 882818 or visit www.mcss.org.uk

May 2022 ABRSM Results

May 2022 ABRSM Examination Results

Well done to the 7 candidates that took an ABRSM exam this term. There were 7 entries.

Congratulations to 

George Grade 2 Jazz Trumpet – Merit 127

Brian Grade 6 Trumpet – Distinction 135

Oriana Grade 6 Flute – Pass 113

Felix Grade 3 Jazz Alto Sax – Distinction 130

Tilda Grade 5 Jazz Flute – Merit 127

Adam Grade 8 Alto Sax – Distinction 137

Noah Grade 5 Jazz Clarinet – Distinction 130

Note – I have not begun teaching the trumpet as such 😉 , but have helped these candidates with improvisation and jazz work. I will leave the dark art of brass playing to someone else.

Jay MetCalf Bettersax Workshop

James Rawlinson & Jay Metcalf
James Rawlinson & Jay Metcalf

I was honoured to work with Jay Metcalf of YouTube fame on May 13-15th. Jay is well known for his well presented, easy to understand tutorials as well as his great reviews of new products. A lot of topics were covered over the weekend, including important fundamentals such as long-tones, pentatonic improvisation, dispensing with the written music, overtones and the importance of listening.

I also got the chance to try some of the SYOS 3D printed mouthpieces. Pauline from SYOS was incredibly helpful and I will be visiting their website to investigate further www.syos.co As you can see I was being very serious in the photo and not messing about at all!

Pauline Eveno and James Rawlinson
Pauline Eveno & James Rawlinson

D’addario reeds and mouthpieces were also in attendance and I tried one of the new VENN synthetic tenor saxophone reeds. I have been slightly sceptical up to this point of the plastic reeds on offer on the market but was very pleasantly surprised to find the new VENN reeds were great! I usually use a strength 3 Vandoren Blue box tenor reed and was advised by Lucy from D’addario to try a 2.5 VENN. I haven’t stopped using it since. Well done D’addario, I know it’s been 6 years in the making but it’s been worth the wait.

Click here for more information

Venn Reeds
Venn Reeds

A big thank you must also go to Vandoren, Yanagisawa Saxophones UK, Key Leaves, sax.co.uk, Jody Jazz, Rovner products and Legere Reeds who all sponsored the event.