The LSQ are delighted to announce the winner of the 2012 LSQ Call For Score competition is LOUIS JOHNSON for his piece Descending and Ascending. Many congratulations to all of the other composers who made it through to the final in what proved to be the most successful competition to date.
Michael Shearer – Two Dances
Benjamin Tassie – Unfold
Louis Johnson – Descending and Ascending
Luke Lewis – Seven Notes of Nancarrow
Alexander Woolf - ex spiritu
The LSQ are delighted to announce that Sarah Field will join the quartet as their new baritone saxophone player with immediate effect.
Sarah’s performance work as an international saxophonist and trumpeter is diverse and wholly unique. Performances have taken her recently with “Sting” on his tour of Europe and newly released DVD “On a Winters Night”. In 2010 she opened singer ‘Seal’’s Australian & European Tours with a featured solo to audiences of 16,000.
Field’s solo classical work sees her broadcast on BBC Radio 2, 3 & Classic fM and perform concertos with BBC Concert Orchestra & RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.
The LSQ would like to publicly thank their previous baritone player, and founding member, Lauren Hamer for all her hard work and dedication to the quartet as well wish her every success in her new career as a school teacher!
We are delighted to announce that applications for the 2012 LSQ New Music Awards are now available to download.
Applications are invited from any British student at College, University of Conservatoire level.
The Application deadline is February 14th 2012 , however, initial contact with the LSQ is needed by November 1st 2011 in order to have the opportunity to workshop your work (in progress) prior to submission with our competition composer in residence.
Good luck and please get in touch should you need any further information.
The LSQ and Dave Stapleton will be doing a mini tour of their Catching Sunlight project this Autumn. Dates so far include The Forge, London; Kings Place, London and The Holywell Room, Oxford. More details will be added here and to the concerts page as and when they are available.
Our second Signum Classics album Flux will be released on 28th March. You can pre-order a copy from Amazon or direct from our new Store page which will be up and running from 25th March. For more details about the album please visit our Flux page in the project section of the website.
These Visions is now widely available to buy from good record shops including Signum Classics, Amazon, HMV and iTunes. A few pictures of the fantastic artwork by Francisco Laranjo and Karen Lacroix can be found below.
There is an article by renowned saxophone journalist Susan Fancher in ‘Saxophone Journal’ about the LSQ and their Hilary Tann commission; Some of the Silence this month. The magazine is easy to get hold of in the USA but is quite difficult to get your hands on in the UK. www.sax.co.uk has a few copies but if you just want the article you can download it here. Saxophone Journal Article
The LSQ’s tour to Salzburg to perform concerts and workshops in association with Live Music Now! in May 2010 was a huge success. Many thanks to everyone involved in looking after us during our time in Austria including Carol Main from Live Music Scotland. A round up of the trip can be found on Live Music Now’s website.
We are delighted to announce that the LSQ has been awarded extra funding for their 2010/2011 touring of their Signum Classics album These Visions containing an entirely new set of repertoire by Wales’ most prominent composers.
This funding will ensure the tour extends to more rural areas of Wales and England that wouldn’t normally have been possible without the help of ACW.
Dates for the project will now be gradually added to the Upcoming Concerts page of the website as and when they are confirmed. Thanks once again goes out to ACW who have been most generous in their support of the quartet and our projects over the last two years.
The new LSQ CD ‘Reworkings‘ containing much of the lighter repertoire we perform is out today! It is only available to buy from our website or at one of our concerts so please use the PayPal button to securely buy a copy online.
‘Reworkings’ is an album of carefully chosen, well known music that has been adapted for saxophone quartet. This music forms the core repertoire of our work with Live Music Now! and we took the decision to commit these pieces to disc following ongoing positive reaction from our audiences. We believe the new settings offer a fresh perspective on these varied musical styles. The album was recorded at The Forge, Camden during November 2009.
Bolero – Ravel
Singing In The Rain – Nacio H Brown
Too Close for Comfort - Bock, Weiss, Holofcener
Sous le Dôme épais (Flower Duet) from Lakmé - Léo Delibes
A Foggy Day – Gershwin
I Got Rhythm – Gershwin
When The Saints Go Marching In – Virgil O. Stamps
Selections from Carmen - Bizet
Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber
The LSQ are delighted to announce their forthcoming albums Flux and These Visions will be released on the superb classical music label Signum Classics in November 2010. The releases will be accompanied by a nationwide tour. Concert details are available from the Upcoming Concerts page on our website.
The LSQ recently completed a week of workshops in West Wales as part of their tenure as ensemble in residence at the Young Composer of Dyfed competition 2009/2010. Working alongside composer in residence, Lynne Plowman, the LSQ visited several schools to demonstrate the capabilities of the saxophone quartet and to give advise on how best to write for the lineup. Young composers will enter their pieces for adjudication by Erollyn Wallen before the final shortlisted pieces are performed by the LSQ at the competition final in April 2010.