“SAXOLOGY” (saxophone quartet)
Fiona Hill (soprano saxophone)
Catherine Shrubshall (alto saxophone)
Jeffery Wilson (tenor saxophone)
Tracey Bridgeman (baritone saxophone)
This well respected and long-standing ensemble has appeared at many leading arts events including the Edinburgh and City of London Festivals and the “World Saxophone Congress”.
Having explored the relevance of the saxophone through period arrangements, French classical, jazz and improvisation through to original contemporary music, Saxology are excited to embark on a new relationship with vocal music……
It has often been said that the saxophone has a human voice quality, so it seems only natural to enable such a unique marriage via Pergolesi’s devotional work “Stabat Mater” and Jeffery Wilson’s “By the Streams that Flow”, written especially for the quartet, with the solo voice offering a narrative in dedication to St Cecilia.
Cydnei Baines: (lyric soprano)
Cydnei has warbled her way around countless cathedrals, churches and concert platforms singing oratorio, close harmony and contemporary classical scores for many years. Latterly she is exploring the more ‘out there’ techniques of esoteric musical improvisation.
Francis Gush is an English countertenor and graduate of the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Lawrence Zazzo, Dinah Harris, and Caroline Dowdle.
Francis has recently become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, having been cast as the solo singer in a production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, at the Swan Theatre in Stratford.
Previous operatic engagements include the role of Porfiri in the premiere of Benjamin Leuke’s Crime and Punishment directed by Bill Bankes-Jones (Royal College of Music, International Opera School), Oberon / Britten- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RCM), David / Handel- Saul (RCM), Ottone / Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea (Coronation Opera).
Concert engagements have included St John Passion / Bach (Pembroke College, Cambridge), Messiah / Handel (London Three Choirs), Abraham and Isaac / Britten (Kensington Concert Series).
Francis is an also an experienced choral and ensemble singer, having completed a lay-clerkship at Magdalen College in Oxford, being a former member of Genesis Sixteen, and regularly deputising at St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Brompton Oratory. Future engagements include a disk recording of Gluck’s Orfeo with La Nuova Musica, and an English Coronation project with the Gabrieli Consort.