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In conjunction with the Tunnell Trust, Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet will tour Scotland from January 12th to January 18th and will perform at the following places:

12th – Perth Chamber Music Society

13th – Inverness Chamber Music Festival

14th – Skye Chamber Music

15th – Lochalsh Arts Network

16th – Lochalber Music for All

17th – Linlithgow Arts Guild

18th – West Linton Music Society

For more information about the Tunnell Trust and its work, please visit their website

Classical Music in 2015 kicked off with the prestigious Park Lane Group’s Young Artist Series held at the Southbank’s Purcell Room from the 5th to the 9th of January.

CMF Artists Foyle-Stsura Duo, Kaleidoscope Quartet and Alastair Penman (with his ensemble, the Borealis Saxophone Quartet) all featured as part of  the series and performed works by Penderecki (who was in attendance), Jonathan Dove, Lutoslawski, Paul Patterson and Samuel Quartermine-Smith.

The Foyle-Stsura Duo and Kaleidoscope Quartet received 4* from The Times, which wrote about the quartet: “…aggressive virtuosity were deep within these players’ fingers and lungs” and the duo “revealed themselves to be more interested in risk-taking than in studied perfection, happier with swing than with security.”

The Telegraph also said the duo “showed their mettle….mixing virtuosity with delicate interplay” and the quartet “found subtle intensity in Judith Bingham’s Lace-making, but switching to baritone and bass instruments for Sam Quartemaine-Smith’s growling Tone Chasms, they evoked a family of burping warthogs.” Given CMF were in the audience, we know that this is only a good thing!

Full reviews here: Telegraph , The Times (7th), The Times (6th)

For more information about the Park Lane Group, please visit their website




CMF are proud to be a partner in ISM’s inaugural Make Music Work event.

Make Music Work event – 31 March 2015

Tickets: £25 or £15 for students

Guildhall School, Milton Court, London

Book your place for Make Music Work, a one-day event which aims to empower performers and composers and arm them with the tools they need to build a successful and sustainable career in music while avoiding the many common pitfalls.

Make Music Work will take place on Tuesday 31 March 2015 at the Guildhall School’s Milton Court in London. The event will include four topical panel discussions featuring established young professional performers and composers, and key figures from the music industry who will share their experiences and invaluable insight into the music profession. Other panellists will include representatives from music schemes, competitions, funding organisations and artist management agencies. There will also be live music.

All refreshments including lunch and a celebratory evening drinks reception are included in the ticket price.

Find out more on our website and view the event schedule.

Student special offer: Join the ISM for just £5 with your event ticket.

Our interview this month is with saxophonist Alastair Penman ahead of his concert in CMF’s Rhyme & Reason concert series on Wednesday 15th January.


Describe yourself (musically, or otherwise, whichever you’re most comfortable with) in 3 words:

Massive sax geek

Who do you usually perform with?

For recitals, I usually perform alone with a host of electronics. Aside from solo work, I play regularly with the Borealis Saxophone Quartet and with various chamber, jazz and large ensembles.

What has been a performance highlight in your career so far?

There are too many to choose from, but a recent highlight has to be performing live on the Serbian TV show “Good Morning Belgrade” with the Borealis Saxophone Quartet whilst touring our debut album The North.  Aside from the performance, the interview provided some comedy gold as certain comments were lost in translation; we’d never before been asked if Lisa Simpson was the sax player with Rod Stewart…!

What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to?

I’ve got a few fun gigs coming up.  On January 6th, I’ll be premiering a new work by Darren Bloom at the Purcell Room with the Borealis Saxophone Quartet, as part of the Park Lane Group New Year Series.  The following week, on January 14th, I’ll be playing a solo recital with electronics as part of the CMF’s new Rhyme & Reason Concert Series.  I have also recently commissioned three new works, all for saxophone and electronics, which I shall premier in July 2015 and record for my debut solo album (to be released in late 2015).

Do you have a favourite performer? What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend?

I couldn’t possibly choose a single performer!  Having said that, one gig that will always stick in my mind as being out of this world was the Five Peace Band (Chick Corea, John McLaughlan, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Vinnie Colaiuta) on their 2008 tour.  I love going to jazz gigs because of the amazing interaction and camaraderie between the musicians.  I also enjoy going to chamber and orchestral concerts though, so quite a variety!

Do you compose your own music and if so, how do you approach this?

I’ve started to compose a lot more over the past few years.  I find composing can be a frustrating process as I have constant sounds and ideas in my head, and often even fully formed works, but notating them can be such a painstakingly slow process!  I always compose at an instrument (sax, clarinet or keyboard) and most of my ideas are born out of improvisation.

How did you find out about CMF and why did you decide to apply? 

I found out about the CMF just before I graduated from the RNCM, when I received an email saying the college would like to nominate me for the award!  I applied because the CMF looked like the ideal organisation to help me take my career to the next stage by providing the support and tools needed to ease the transition from student to professional musician.

What are your hopes for the future?

World domination is my primary aim, although I’m not quite sure how to achieve this through the medium of contemporary saxophone performance…  That aside, I want to continue playing exciting concerts, working with brilliant musicians and developing as a saxophonist and a musician (contrary to popular opinion, the two aren’t mutually exclusive!).  As well as performing in a recital setting, I plan to continue building my concerto repertoire and experience, and I dream that I may one day be invited to work as a soloist with some of the world’s top orchestras!

Finally, your 3 desert island discs?

Modern Jazz Classics – Art Pepper + Eleven

Saxophone Concertos – John Harle

Shostakovich Symphony No 10. – Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan


Read more about and listen to Alastair here.


This Friday 9th January Tir Eolas will be a guest on BBC Radio 3’s InTune with Suzy Klein.

They will be performing a number of tracks from their new album, Stories Sung, Truths Told, as well as all five being interviewed live.

This comes ahead of their performance at Clapham Omnibus on January 11th and their album launch on February 11th!

We hope you can tune in!

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