• “Sarah Markham...was formidably impressive... a sustained feat of exuberance... breathed an extraordinary, haunted magic. The most mesmerising thing I've heard all year!” Michael White,
    Independent on Sunday
  • “Sarah Markham played with unanimous intensity and terrific rhythm...the sax. sang with the sadness of an oboe d'amore.” Rick Jones,
    Evening Standard
  • “Sarah Markham is a remarkable saxophonist who deserves high praise for her sound, technique, interpretation, and phrasing. Sarah Markham's sound... is the definition of excellence, and her technique... is superb.” Paul Wagner,
    Saxophone Journal

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Markham Awards 2019

My academic year is almost over and I've been spending some time reflecting on the year and planning my saxophone awards. This is the seventh year I have made an award to a graduating student; I'm very proud of all my students and, although I enjoy giving special mention to some, all my teaching is read more...

The Markham Awards 2018

I am delighted to announce that Konstantinos Raptis is the 2018 recipient of my Sarah Markham Saxophone Award. Kostas has recently completed his Masters in Music (Creative Musician) at Leeds College of Music, having previously studied as an undergraduate with me at the University of Hull. Kostas is read more...

Reflections on the Sixth Greek Saxophone Festival

I’ve spent some time reflecting on my wonderful visit to Lárisa for the Sixth Greek Saxophone Festival. What an amazing and inspirational experience. Arriving at a beautiful city, staying in a luxurious hotel, and enjoying a welcoming dinner with the organisers was a great start. What I didn’t read more...

About Sarah Markham

Sarah Markham is a highly regarded saxophonist, with a performing, recording and teaching career spanning twenty-five years. Vibrant and inspiring, she has performed throughout Europe, North America, and the Far East. Sarah has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and featured in the last seven World Saxophone Congresses.

Sarah has released numerous CDs of solo and chamber music including; Run, Sing, Fly (Saxophone Classics) Saxophone Recital, James Rae Sonatinas for Saxophone (Prologue) and Simply Four Saxophones by the Adelphi Saxophone Quartet (EMI).

Sarah is a founder member of Quirk, a vibrant and innovative saxophone ensemble. She is a member of the Music of Renown Ensemble, musical director of the Yorkshire Saxophone Choir, and director of the annual University of Huddersfield Saxophone Day.

Sarah studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, winning scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Sir James Caird Trust. Sarah was the wind section winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition and the Park Lane Group. Her career includes performances as a concerto soloist, and recitalist with: pianist Paul Turner, the Adelphi Saxophone Quartet, the Northern Saxophone Quartet, the Tribune Octet, Equinox and other UK and international collaborations.

As an advocate for new music Sarah regularly works with composers of all genres. Her commissioned work Several World by Rachel Stott was written for nine soloists and large saxophone ensemble. It was conducted by Sarah at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress and featured leading saxophonists, including Otis Murphy, Michael Duke, and Lynn Klock. James Rae’s Sonata in Eb for alto saxophone and piano (Reedimensions) is dedicated to Sarah and pianist Paul Turner.

A highly regarded teacher, Sarah is saxophone tutor at the Royal College of Music junior department, Leeds College of Music and the universities of Huddersfield, Sheffield, York, Hull, and Durham. Sarah was the saxophone consultant at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and regularly conducts masterclasses and clinics throughout the UK and beyond.

Sarah is both a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Vandoren Performing Artist.

Sarah Markham

Sarah Markham

SARAH MARKHAM


Saxophonist Educator Conductor MentorSarah is a Yamaha and Vandoren performing artist.

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Sarah Markham

TEACHING


Sarah Markham's teaching practice welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Focuses include preparing students for music college, and helping amateur musicians get the most from their playing. Sarah is a specialist in helping students with performance anxiety issues.
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Quirk Duo

QUIRK DUO


The Quirk Duo is saxophonists Sarah Markham and Kenneth Wilkinson. Between them they have a performing career spanning sixty years, enjoying many genres including solo recitals, opera, orchestral, jazz, pop and chamber music. The Quirk Duo is a distillation of those experiences, an exploration of possibilities.
Quirk Saxophone Quartet

QUIRK SAXOPHONE QUARTET


The Quirk Saxophone Quartet is made up of like-minded saxophonists:

Sarah Markham - soprano
Kenneth Wilkinson - alto
Chris Jolly - tenor
Sarah Hind - baritone