10 Jun

Birmingham Conservatoire performs Beaugeais

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


730pm, Monday 10 June 2024

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire saxophone orchestra with Naomi Sullivan at the helm!

Recital Hall,
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham, UK.

Together We Unite Through MusicFree to use for concert programs etc.

Katia writes:
“It is a real honour to have another UK performance of Together We Unite Through Music, especially with RBC’s Sax lecturer Naomi Sullivan at the helm!”


Concert Program Note (updated May 2024)

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 sax ensemble premieres in 2023/2024 by London’s Royal College of Music with Prof. Kyle Horch, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Prof. John Harle and Naomi Sullivan.

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.

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