Pictured: London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama Saxophone Ensemble
Conductor: Naomi Sullivan
Performance of Beaugeais’ Together We Unite Through Music for Sax orchestra
Guildhall School of Music Sax ensemble – Directed by Naomi Sullivan
11 March 2024, 7pm
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Free to use for concert programs + publicity etc.
“It is a real honour to have another UK performance of Together We Unite Through Music, especially when it’s by another outstanding ensemble such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Saxophone Orchestra – Thank you!”
Official Program Note
Katia Beaugeais’ Together We Unite Through Music for saxophone orchestra was commissioned by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for the 2022 Sax Festival of Australia, followed by international premieres in 2023 by London’s Royal College of Music Saxophone Orchestra, conducted by Professor Kyle Horch.
This piece celebrates the re-opening of concert halls and live music across the world as together we unite through music. It takes us on a journey: from the start of lockdown to the celebratory moment as we were able to perform on stage together again.
During the pandemic, we experienced a range of different sounds and emotions as many of us were confined to our homes. In demonstrating the wide range of special effects that the whole saxophone orchestra can produce, contemporary playing techniques are featured. Opening with soft raindrop sounds on the roof (key clicks, sax tapping and slap-tongue effects), saxophonists begin to whistle in a bird-like manner, imitating a chorus of birds from the garden trees.
The soprano sax emerges with the first melody of the piece in a singing bird-like manner. Air wind sound waves lead into an uplifting, dream-like and dance-like rhythmic section. With players entering one by one, gradually building up to the whole ensemble, the unique and illuminating colours of the full saxophone range are showcased.
Together We Unite Through Music builds to a powerful, exhilarating, celebratory and unifying finish as all saxophonists come together and unite through music again.
© 2024 by Katia Beaugeais – Free to use for concert programs.
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