London Saxophone Festival 21st – 27th May 2018

A Brand New Festival For London Celebrating The Iconic Instrument Featuring Concerts, Workshops, Tutorials And More

May 2018 sees the launch of the inaugural London Saxophone Festival, a celebration of all things sax, taking place at a range of venues and event spaces across the capital. This week-long series of events will involve performances from world class musicians, educational workshops, film and exhibitions.

The festival will feature some boundary breaking players at the very top of their game, and will be a rare chance to witness some of the very best saxophonists in the world perform in the UK. The series of concerts will include performances from GRAMMY winning artists Bob Reynolds of the widely celebrated jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy, and Casey Benjamin of hip-hop inspired outfit The Robert Glasper Experiment. MOBO award winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown will be performing her delicious fusion of reggae, jazz and soul, and BBC Young Musician Of The Year Alexander Bone will also be bringing his outstanding ability to the stage.

In addition to these live performances taking place, the London Saxophone Festival will incorporate a wide range of workshops and educational events for families, aimed at providing knowledge, insights and inspiration to aspiring musicians or anyone who is curious to find out more about the saxophone.

A free ‘Sax Village and Family Day’, will be open to the public on the Sat 26th May between 11am and 8.30pm in the foyer of the beautiful Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square. Newcomers will be able to assemble and play the saxophone for the first time and be shown techniques, while experienced players will be able to converse and consult with leading musicians and industry figures. The day will feature concerts for babies and children, as well as saxophones to hire or to purchase at special Sax Fest rates.

Boutique cinema chain Everyman will also be providing special screenings of movies that feature quintessential saxophone scores in their soundtracks at several of their sites as part of the festival, with music in the bar of each venue ahead of the films.

Events at the London Saxophone Festival span across the whole of London and take place at some of its most famous concert halls and vibrant areas, with headline shows and events taking place at Chelsea’s distinguished Cadogan Hall, Camden Town’s infamous Jazz Café, Dalston’s Vortex Jazz Club and more exciting venues London-wide.

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Highlight Events include:

-Screening of Bird – an academy award winning film by Clint Eastwood with live saxophone in the bar; Everyman Muswell Hill; Monday 21st May

-Alexander Bone – BBC Young musician of the Year performing live; Pizza Express Holborn; from 6:30pm Wednesday 23rd May (£20 pp).

-The Talented Mr. Ripley – screening with live saxophone in the bar; Everyman Cinema Muswell Hill; Thursday 24th May.

-Evan Parker – legendary British free jazz icon performs at Dalston’s Vortex; from 8pm Thursday 24th May (£12 pp).

-Yolanda Brown – Double Mobo award winner performing at Jazz Café Camden; from 7pm Friday 25th May (£15-£25 pp).

-Bob Reynolds & Casey Benjamin – Cadogan Hall; from 7pm Saturday 26th May (£35, £25, £22.50).

-Free ‘Sax Village and Family Day’ – Chance to try instruments, make purchases and talk all things sax with industry experts. Free concerts for babies and children will also take place; Cadogan Hall Foyer; 11am – 8.30pm Saturday 26th May

- Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet performs at Pizza Express Holborn; from 6:30pm 25 – 27 May (£35 pp).