Founded by director Sarah Markham in 2014, the University of Huddersfield Saxophone Days are a chance for students, professionals, and amateur saxophonists to listen, play, perform, and explore the latest developments in the saxophone industry.
Supported by all the major saxophone brands, an important element of each Saxophone Day is the Exhibition held in the atrium of the Richard Steinitz Building. In between scheduled events, participants have time to browse and try instruments and accessories from the trade stands. Talks are given by industry experts on both the historical developments in the saxophone world as well as discussing the latest trends and products.
The many and varied workshops are given by Sarah Markham, members of the Quirk Saxophone Quartet, and visiting international soloists. These workshops are always practical in content, giving participants an opportunity to play new compositions, learn new techniques, and be involved in multimedia performances. The jazz workshops are designed to give the beginner a start on their journey into exploring improvisation, as well as allowing those with more experience to develop their ideas further.
Concerts take place throughout the day in the universities’ concert halls: Phipps Hall and St. Paul’s Hall, featuring the invited international soloists and ensembles. The University of Huddersfield Saxophone Day always concludes with a gala concert. Participants have the opportunity to perform the pieces they have rehearsed during the day in the impressive St. Paul’s Hall, alongside international soloists and ensembles.
The all inclusive ticket price is kept low to allow as many people as possible to participate in this exciting event, with reductions for saxophone groups of 4 or more people, and teachers who bring 3 or more students attend free of charge. Students and children gain free access to all events.
2020 A Celebration of the Saxophone from its inception to modern day, held on International Women’s Day, Charlotte Harding, Amy Green, Quirk Saxophone Quartet
2019 A Celebration of the Saxophone Ensemble, Equinox, Yorkshire Saxophone Choir, Quirk Saxophone Quartet
2018 Richard Ingham (UK), Quirk Saxophone Quartet
2017 Claude Delangle (France), Quirk Saxophone Quartet
2016 Philippe Geiss (France), Quirk Saxophone Sextet
2015 Lynn Klock (USA)
2014 Jérôme Laran (France), Equinox Saxophone Ensemble